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Paul Stadelman

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Paul Stadelman
BornJanuary 12, 1900
Hopkinsville, Kentucky
DiedMarch 18, 1971 (age 71)
Resting placeRosehill Cemetery in Chicago

Paul Stadelman (1900-1971), also known as "Sandu", was a professional magician that turned ventriloquist, with his figure "Windy Higgins".[1]


He enlisted in World War I in 1917 and later worked with the United Services Organization during World War II.

He was the founder of VENT-O-RAMA, a popular meeting of Ventriloquists and served as president of the International Ventriloquist Association.

He created "Polka Dot Paint" (a way of producing "color" on black and white television sets) and was was known for his voice from the genie bottle. [2]

His publicity brochure can be seen at the Conjuring Arts exhibit "The Many Faces of Magic."[3][4]


  • Secrets of Sandu (1933)
  • Sandu Writes Again (1934)
  • Ventriloquism and TV Ticklers (1951)
  • Ventriloquism of Today (1963)


  2. Final Curtain, New Tops, May 1971