Suzy Wandas

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Suzy Wandas (1896-1986) was born Jean Van Dyk in Belgium to magicians Charles and Elizabeth. She became part of the act as a child, walking the slack rope and playing the violin while dancing as "Miss White Flower". She was inspired after seeing Talma doing manipulation magic to take up magic and was doing a cards and coins manipulation act by the age of 14. She became one of the best at manipulation magic.

Suzy Wandas
BornJean Van Dyk
1896
Belgium
DiedJuly 12, 1986
Detroit, Michigan
Resting placeWoodmere Cemetery, Detroit
NationalityBelgian


After her farther passed away, her brother Louis was added to the act and they started performing as The Three Wandas. She chose a stage name "Suzy" from the popular song of the day "If You Knew Suzy".

After her brother Louis was injured in World War I, Susy and her mom kept performing as the Wanda Sisters. When her mom retired in 1936, Suzy continued to perform throughout Europe and later the United States. Susy was able to speak five languages. Her cabaret show included ropes, thimbles, cigarettes, canes, silks, coins, the Miser's Dream, card fans, and a routine with eight linking rings. She was billed as "Suzy Wandas, the Lady with the Fairy Fingers".

She won the British Ring contest in 1952. In 1953, she made her first American appearance at the Abbott Get-together.

In 1959, she retired from performing and married Dr. Zina Bennett, settling in Detroit.

Wandas performed card manipulations at Abbott’s 1961 magic convention.

In 1981, she received the Performing Fellowship from the Academy of Magical Arts.[1]


References

  1. Article and Photo Genii 1978 February
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