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Suzy Wandas

Suzy Wandas (1896 – July 12, 1986) was born Jean Van Dyk in Belgium to magicians Charles and Elizabeth Van Dyk. 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.

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”.

Watch Suzy perform cigarette manipulations as Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards sings in a rare scene from the MGM short “Starlit Days at the Lido”.


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For more information about Suzy Wandas, please visit her Magicpedia entry. You should also visit the Miracle Factory Site to learn more about Suzy Wandas: The Lady with the Fairy Fingers.
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