Frank Andrews, 261 Mulberry Street (between House & Prince streets); 212-226-2194.
When did you realize that you had an "other worldly ability"?
You have to understand that when I was growing up, something like this was not talked about, and now, of course, it's on television. There was The Medium, The Ghost Whisperer, The Mentalist. Anyway, what happened was I was about ten years old and in the middle of the night, the room got very hot — which is very rare because when you have a ghost, it's always very cold. I saw this woman at the edge of the bed, and as far as I knew, she was very much alive — knew her, I actually knew her. So, I looked and I said, 'My god, you look so beautiful.' She looked much better now than she did in life. And then, I said, 'Why are you here?' And she said, 'I came to say goodbye.' And with that, just like Walt Disney, there were fireworks and she was gone. In the morning, I was having breakfast. The phone rang in the other room and my mother went over and she answered it. She came in with this look on her face and she looked at me and said, 'Guess who died last night?' And I said, 'Grace.' And she said, 'How did you know?' I said, 'She was in my bedroom. I saw her. She was at the foot of the bed.'
Was she was supportive?
"Yes, she was very supportive. Well, you see, my mother was funny. She'd be on the phone and I'd hear her say, 'Get rid of the son of a bitch. You know he's cheating on you!' And I said to her one day, 'You know, how do you know these things. Are you a detective?' And she said, 'Oh, Frankie, everybody knows. It's just something you can do.' So, she never made any big thing. My father, on the other hand, they would call up and say, 'Hey, who's gonna win the fights tonight?' And he'd say, 'Ah, so-and-so will knock 'em down in the fifth round.' And so-and-so did! And I'd say, 'Daddy, how are you getting that?' And he'd say, 'Ah, you just can do.' They didn't think of it the way we're talking. It's just common sense. I just feel it."
They had intuition?
"Yeah, but they don't even use those words, you know what I mean? Because it was that era, and you just didn't. And so, when I came to New York, I met this marvelous old gal who was the basis for a book called Auntie Mame, and they made a Broadway play, a movie, and they went on to making it to a musical. She was living on Bank Street in the Village and so I met her and we were sitting there in the kitchen and before the phone rang, I said, 'You know, that guy that eats here, he's gonna get into a lot of trouble. This guy is trouble, I'm telling you.' Then the phone rings, and guess what? He was trying to blow up the telephone company, so he got arrested. So, she says, 'Oh, what big eyes you have!' So, with that, they kept pushing me to study."
How do you explain your power to other people?
"How do I explain it? Well, it's just something that I think is natural. I mean, let's say, you and I go take an art class, and maybe one of us might Paint by Numbers, another one might paint a wall, and another might paint a mural, and somebody else is gonna paint the Sistine Chapel. So, it depends on the different degrees we have."