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The Wanda’s - Goddess of Mystery

Louis Galice, Lithographer1912

American Museum of Magic

American Museum of Magic

Suzy Wandas Bennett (1896-1986) was born Jeanne Van Dyk in Brussels, Belgium to a theatrical family, performing at age eight as Miss White Flower, the dancing violinist. She also learned to perform magic, primarily coin and card manipulations, and by 1910 was performing it as part of the family show. After her father’s death in 1912, she along with her brother and mother were known as the Wandas Trio, and later with her mother were billed as the Wandas Sisters. In 1936, Suzy became a solo act known as the Lady with the Fairy Fingers – a master manipulator. Her elegant performances incorporated ropes, thimbles, cigarettes, canes, silks, coins, the Miser’s Dream, card fans, and eight linking rings. She spoke five languages, enabling her to perform all over Europe. In August 1959, she married Michigan magician Zina Bennett and returned with him to Detroit. Her final performance was in Colon, Michigan in 1962, but even though retired, still continued to practice magic daily, dying July 12, 1986 at age 90.

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  • Title: The Wanda’s - Goddess of Mystery
  • Creator: Louis Galice, Lithographer
  • Date: 1912
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 44 x 28 in
  • Rights: American Museum of Magic
  • Medium: Stone Lithograph

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