Andy Hiccup sometimes assumes the particularly ridiculous name of Andy Boughtflower, and this is his story:
Andy was born in the Norfolk village of Horsham St. Faith. As a teenager he took roles in theatre productions at the Maddermarket Theatre and also worked behind the scenes at BBC Radio Norfolk working for Jerry Foulkes, Vince Rogers and Stephen Bumfrey.
At the age of 19 he left the wild green pastures of rural Norfolk to study Psychology, Anthropology and Drama at Nene College in Northampton (now Northampton University).
He had a brilliant time at Nene College, adopted a goth look and wild hairstyle for his years there, and he thoroughly enjoyed the productions he was cast in, the highlight of which was probably playing Krapp in Krapp's Last Tape.
Andy's first job out of university was to assistant direct and perform in a music video with Natacha Atlas. The song stayed at no.1 in the Italian chart for six weeks. Watch it here
Andy spent the next few years touring with a number of children's theatre companies, including The West Midland Children's Theatre Company and Smart Alec Productions. He also acted in a number of serious acting touring theatre productions, most memorably The Deep Blue Sea and Don Juan.
He then spent three years working in some amazing theme park shows: as a jester in "Merlin's Magic Castle" at Thorpe Park with some incredible illusions, a mad time-travelling professor in the Legoland stunt show, and as James Bond's evil nemesis in a stunt and special effects show in Belgium.
During his theme park years he learned circus skills, magic and illusion.
His colourful clowning magician character Andy Hiccup (originally Boo Hiccup) was created back in 1998 for a Christmas contract at Selfridges. After this Andy Hiccup was properly let loose upon the world at the Butlins resorts where he entertained with edgy illusion street shows as part of a team for the Ministry of Fun. Andy Hiccup now performs magic shows all over the world.
Andy has performed in three pantomimes, including being in Aladdin in Barnstaple with the Hiss and Andy Company. He also produced, scripted and performed in the slapstick show The Lost Laugh with his very good friend Jane Deane.
Andy worked for the marvellous London-based company The Ministry of Fun for over eight years, producing entertainment and PR stunts.
He runs the entertainment company School Magic Shows and also helps run The Kids Entertainers Network for his wife Susannah.
As well as performing as Andy Hiccup, other memorable jobs Andy has had included being Darth Maul at the Barbican's Star Wars exhibition, playing the Judge at the London Dungeons, performing as a Charlie Chaplin perform-a-like, being the wedding priest at Glastonbury, the ringmaster for Bassline Circus, and he has had many other diverse and exciting performing roles over the years.
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He is a magic mentor and advisor to the TV, circus and theatre world, and also writes shows, scripts and comedy.
Andy lives on the edge of Ashdown Forest, in the beautiful and enchanting countyside of the Winnie The Pooh stories, with his beautiful wife Susannah and his lovely children Betty-Sue, Delilah and Buster.
Finally, if you want to find out about The Clown Dating Site then click here. Andy used to run it, you know.
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