The William “Bill” Andrews Memorial
William E Andrews (1919-2011)
On Saturday July 23, Sister Carol Ann arranged a “Celebration of the Life ” of S.A.M. Past National President William “Bill” Andrew at the Villa Maria in Stamford Ct. The event was attended by an array of family, friends and well wishers (NY NJ, PA and MA.) which also included six S.A.M. Past National Presidents and eight Parent Assembly Members which included Pat Colby, PA#1 , Secretary and RVP . Bill was our PA#1 “Magician of the Year 2002,”
After a short flute presentation by Amy Zabin, the Reverend Canon William V. Rauscher performed a welcoming prayer service before introducing Sister Carol Ann who read a passage from Corinthians. Eulogies from those mentored by Bill Andrews followed. Kayla Dresher, Peter Teitelbaum and Ryan Oakes, all spoke of touching memories they had of Bill and how he changed their lives. Letters were read from Tony Clark, S.A.M. President ,Vinny Grosso and SYM Director Jann Goodsell. A “Memorial” film by Ryan Oakes showed us many pictures of Bill, Helen and their family along with many photos of his friends taken at S.A.M. events. Graham Fishman took the stage with a short magic tribute performing some of the manipulation he learned from Bill. After a short prayer, National Dean George Schindler and PA#1 Dean Eric DeCamps spoke, before Eric performed the traditional memorial “Broken Wand” ceremony assisted by PNP Mike Miller. The guests were invited to a lunch provided by SYM Assembly # 42 preceded by Grace said by Father Cyprian.
Written by George Schindler
Click on the link below for a Memorial slide show created by Ryan Oakes of Bill, his family and friends in magic.
William E. “Bill” Andrews
(Sept 18, 1919 – July 17, 2011)
At age 15 Bill was already honing his skills as a magician performing, at school shows where his $ 5.00 fee intoxicated him as if it had been five thousand. He became busy with club dates conventions and trade shows, but always longed to develop a full evening stage show. When he was a child his mother took him to see Hardeen at the Hippodrome Theater in Newark, New Jersey. He was fascinated by Houdini’s “Flight of Time, “ the “Metamorphosis” and “The Silks from the Fishbowl.” Bill became the “whole package”; a magician, business executive, mentor and leader.
During WWII Bill Andrews enlisted in the U.S. Navy where his magical talents were discovered after only a few days. He kept a busy schedule of camp shows, bond drives and appearing at the USO, on barracks and with a navy convoy, entertaining throughout the South Pacific His dream of a full show was realized after that war. In 1948 the “An Evening of Magic” opened and ran for four years. The Revlon Company made him an offer he could not refuse in 1954 and he entered the corporate world where he rose to the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing .His career with Revlon lasted for thirty years.
Throughout his lifetime of magic, Bill always cared deeply about magic, magicians and people; especially those seeking his help. He started Assembly # 48 in Richmond, VA and served as their President for several years. He was also a member of # 32; in 1984 he helped to establish the SYM (Society of Young Magicians) and later became its director. He was a member of and ticket chairman for PA #1 in New York in 1985 The following year he chaired the S.A.M. ‘ Life Membership’ program and in 1987 became the National President.
His special love was SYM Assembly # 042 in Stamford, Connecticut where he provided guidance and esteem- building programs in both Westchester and Connecticut. The Parent Assembly Number One honored Bill in 2002 as their “Magician of the Year”. He recreated Thurston “s hilarious “Eggs Extra Ordinary” at the Salute to Magic show that year.
Many of his students he mentored became professional magicians, among them Peter West, Tony Clark and Ryan Oakes to name a few.
Our special condolences go to his wife Helen, and his family
Written by Past PA#1 President George Schindler