Suzy Wandas: The Lady with the Fairy Fingers – Limited Printing


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Suzy Wandas came from the humblest of beginnings. Nothing about her entry into the world was auspicious, nor did it portend to her future as a star on the stages of Europe, England, or America. Instead, Jeanne Van Dyck was born in the back of a fairground wagon in Brussels in 1896.

Yet in the male-dominated world of magic, under the stage name Suzy Wandas, her light – her star – shone as one of the brightest in the firmament. An innovative sleight-of-hand artist who developed and refined her own remarkable techniques, Suzy became one of the most revered and sought-after acts of her generation.

Her rise to fame sometimes contrasted sharply with hard work and bitter poverty. Amidst the turmoil of two world wars and personal tragedies, her upward trajectory remained nearly uninterrupted. From fairground theater to the largest variety stages, she conquered every venue in which she performed.

The Lady with the Fairy Fingers is the incredible true story of Suzy Wandas, a woman who persevered against a backdrop of cultural turmoil, international strife, family tragedy, and a male-dominated profession to achieve worldwide success on her own terms. It is also the history of variety entertainment in the twentieth century, a personal view of women’s rights, and a story of true love and pure magic.

Hardbound, 204 pages in full color, illustrated with never-before-seen posters, photographs, and ephemera. Edition limited to 750. Kobe and Christ Van Herwegen – Date of Publication: 2020

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1 review for Suzy Wandas: The Lady with the Fairy Fingers – Limited Printing

  1. lmphillips (verified owner)

    My wife and I had the great pleasure of meeting and spending time with Suzy at the Abbott’s Get Together in the early 1970’s. She was in her late 70’s at the time and living in Detroit. After dinner, during which she regaled us both with tales of her adventures performing all over Europe in the early 20th century. She then proceeded to perform an absolutely flawless, slow-motion Coins to Glass routine, using Morgan Dollars she took from her purse and a wine glass from the table. The was followed by an equally stunning and flawless bare-handed vanish of all 4 coins at once, including a beautiful and graceful aquitment showing both hands empty, front and back, concluding with the coins being produced one at a time and again dropped into the wine glass. Almost 50 years later, that impromptu performance at the dinner table is still vividly remembered by me as the most magical, graceful and captivating thing I have ever seen done with coins.

    I was aware this book had been published in Dutch, and am very pleased that it has been translated into English.

    Suzy Wandas has for years been a forgotten, technically perfect performer, and I am glad that her story is now available to American readers.

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