Biography by Harvey Plotkin, published in the Linking Ring magazine, 1958
Everett Andrews, retiring president of Calgary Ring 66, is a man of integrity and action. Largely thru his devotion and his untiring efforts of organization, Ring 66 enjoyed a successful year. During our Western Regional Convention at Banff, as treasurer, he did invaluable work in administration and general arrangements.
This fine artist’s exceptional window displays advertising our public show did much to attract a large audience. He is an enthusiast of many allied arts. Besides serious and comedy magic, he is also adept at chalk talk. As a member of the Fellowship of Christian Magicians he will be instructing a boy’s club, Christian Service Brigade each week, using magic and chalk talk to illustrate his object lessons.
Especially during the Christmas season, he is called upon to entertain for Scouts and other groups at banquets, concerts, etc. Because of an overtaxed schedule, Terry, his ventriloquist dummy, has been neglected since Everett’s last year at high school. Everett takes time to coach the senior girls’ basketball team and play hockey on his college team.
After four years of advanced commercial art, he graduated this May from the Calgary Provincial Institute of Technology and Arts, and is now employed by a printing company as a commercial artist. Many of his sketches are in Hade-E-Gram.
Everett is proud to acknowledge the encouragement and assistance from his wife, Shirley, he met at Senior High School. At that time, she was a member of a musical trio heard regularly on Station CHAB, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Shirley sings, plays piano, accordion and vibraharp. Now she assists her hubby magician on and off stage. As treasurer and typist for an insurance company of Calgary, she has produced the finances to help Everett complete his studies. Shirley has also proven to be a competent magician as well. From the efficient filing system of all his shows, I note Everett’s first exhibition for the CMC in December of 1956. His effects included Miracle Glass, Pop-up Tie, egg bag, and rope escape. At the last Western Regional Convention, Everett won the trophy for comedy magic.
This boy has gone forward from the time he first began the art of legerdemain with his brother in high school days. We all anticipate great accomplishments in the not too distant future from these wonderful people, the Andrews.
by William Meyers
Everett (Ev) Andrews was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, in May, 1935. The town got its name “Moose Jaw” from the Indian words which meant “the place where the white man fixed the cart wheel with the jawbone of the moose.” Incidentally, it is a long time since there have been any signs of moose around the city, but anyway, Ev was raised there.
Everett became interested in magic about 1949 after attending a performance and purchasing several small tricks from a side show magician who was appearing in the fair in Moose Jaw. He used the tricks, plus a couple others he had learned, off and on until about 1952. Not knowing any other magicians at the time, he was pretty much on his own, but he did learn of several magic shops and began to purchase larger items. The “magic bug” really had not bitten until he saw a magic show presented by Ormond McGill in Moose Jaw. Everett remembers in particular the linking ring routine, and at the first opportunity bought a set.
His first public appearance, with a magic act came when he was in grade 11, high school. This led to other appearances and before long he was presenting magic under the billing “Andreini.” On completion of high school in 1956, he enrolled in the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art in Calgary, where he now is in the second year of a four-year course in commercial art, and already is a fine commercial artist.
Soon after arriving in Calgary, the Lee Grabel show “came to town” and held him spellbound! After the show he went back stage to get an autographed picture for his collection, and there met Jack Peters, then president of the Calgary Magic Circle. Jack told him about the IBM, invited him to their next meeting, and he joined. At present he is also a member of the IBV and the Fellowship of Christian Magicians.
Bill Spragg, of the Calgary Ring, helped him considerably with his magic, a start in chalk talk, and introduced him to the professional chalk talk artist, Art La Verne, of the Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ring. Art gave him valuable instruction in chalk talk. Ev presented his first chalk talk act to the Calgary Magic Circle’s open house show in December, 1957. Immediately following, he produced and emceed a variety show in which he performed chalk talk to the student body with talent from the school. He is presenting the variety show to the children’s and the veterans’ hospitals, in the Calgary area, and other charitable organizations.
His other interests include: playing drums in a highland band for six years; played half-back and end on the senior high school football team; played on the Saskatchewan high school basketball championship team; coached a girls’ high school basketball team for three years (they won the championship twice). Likes almost all other athletic events, such as track and field meets, and fast ball. This year (1958) he led the scoring for his team in the College Hockey League.