Also Known as Mr. Magic
The first thing I remember about Andy is him being told off by Matron for
having trousers that were too big for him. He protested that it could not
possibly be his fault as these were the trousers he had been issued.
Nevertheless matron pursued in telling him off for not having his shirt tucked
into these monster-sized trousers. Andy stated how he could not possible tuck in
his shirt if the trousers were flapping about in the oversized manner that they
To which matron replied: 'Do you want me tuck it in for you?' Andy accepted
defeat and tucked in his shirt and held his trousers up.
That night, Andy showed me something I will never forgetů
He has these amazing hands that move so quickly, you don't even notice him doing
anything. Of course I'm talking about Magic. Andy had a pack of playing card
(really expensive ones too!) and showed me some tricks.
Now, no one likes to made to look like a fool, so when someone does magic on
you, you try to explain that you know how its done.
I'm not just saying this, but now, after seeing some of his tricks being done so
many times, I do know how they are done.
I've also had the advantage of seeing them from the angle your not supposed to
see them from. But, I must confess, the speed and skill it takes to do those
tricks is beyond me.
Everyone knows that most card magic is just slight of hand, but its much more
than that, and Andy pulled off every trick effortlessly, and when one would
rejoice in him seemingly failing, he'd turn it around, finish the trick and make
you look like a fool again.
Andy was also interested in playing the guitar, and as I had one in the
school, he went about showing the few chords he knew and the bits and pieces of
songs he knew.
The most memorable of these was the riff from Blink 182's F*ck A Dog. He played
it, and taught me how to play it. Then one evening, when Andy, McCready and I
were on sitting my bed, with Andy playing the guitar, the camera crew entered.
We decided to play up to the camera a little, and so Andy played F*ck A Dog
(which had by now became a unofficial Kings anthem). The cameraman and sound guy
loved it, but afterwards, Andy was worried. What if his mother, nana, and other
members of his family were to see him playing this zoophilia song? So, he took a
trip to the reverend whom we were allowed to talk to about anything in the
school on a Sunday. The rev. told him not to worry as he thought that it was
highly unlikely that they would realise the song was about Andy wanting to (and
I quote) sausage a dog from behind. Andy continued to take his guitar lessons
from me on a near nightly basis, and I wonder whether he can play Half The World
Andy had an infectious laugh, and he loved to laugh. As you see in the
episode where both he and I are sent from the dining room. We are seen laughing
at something and to this day we cannot remember what it was. First Andy is
expelled from the dining room. And then all is calm at the table. Then, I get a
fit of the giggles remembering what we were laughing at in the first place. I
too get sent out. I stop laughing on my way out, but when I see Andy outside,
not laughing, we both burst into a fit of laughter. The camera crew came over
and we were asked what we were laughing at. Neither of us could remember, but we
continued to laugh. Also outside at the time were Harriet Rykens and Hannah
Smith, sent out for talking. They too joined in on our laughing, as it was too
infectious to ignore. We also had the crew stifling laughter at one point. But
it seemed that the only person who wasn't affected by our laughter was Mr. Warr
who had heard us laughing from inside the dining hall. He came out and bellowed
at us. This soon put an end to the laughter.
Andy was one of the backing vocalists with the
"Drake Dorm Dromitones" who had written a song, and performed it for
the school at the dance
Part in the Play:
- Street Magic
- Water Raiding.
Profile written by:
- Thisby (Andy took over this
part from Joe when he was expelled)
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