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Re: Cute blonde does cig. manipulations on YouTube

Posted: November 6th, 2019, 1:41 pm
by Bill Mullins
Note: if the age in the last article is correct (18 years old, in 1935, and I can believe the woman in the film clip is that age), then I doubt that she really had lessons from Houdini. She would have had to have been nine or less.

Re: Cute blonde does cig. manipulations on YouTube

Posted: November 6th, 2019, 3:07 pm
by Ian Kendall
I know this is a long shot, but what are the chances that Suzy and Marion are the same woman?

Second long shot; Suzy _was_ aware of Marion and the film, and claimed it was her to get the credit?

Re: Cute blonde does cig. manipulations on YouTube

Posted: November 6th, 2019, 3:54 pm
by Marco Pusterla
This matter was discussed in the feature article of Ye Olde Magic Mag, Vol. 4 n. 4 (September 2018) by Kobe, who was at the time completing his biography of Suzy Wandas. At the time, the name of Marion was not known yet, but from access to first-hand sources, Kobe could dismiss the thought that the young cigarette manipulator was an almost-40-year-old Suzy.

Re: Cute blonde does cig. manipulations on YouTube

Posted: November 6th, 2019, 4:16 pm
by Bill Mullins
Ian Kendall wrote:I know this is a long shot, but what are the chances that Suzy and Marion are the same woman?


Not very large. Marion Stephanie was touring through multiple cities in America in 1934 and 1935, and there is no evidence that Wandas was anywhere but in Europe during that period.

Re: Cute blonde does cig. manipulations on YouTube

Posted: November 7th, 2019, 1:50 am
by Brad Jeffers
Thanks Bill, for posting the information about Marion Stephanie.
It is now apparent that it is she, and not Suzy Wandas, who appears in the film.

Re: Cute blonde does cig. manipulations on YouTube

Posted: December 5th, 2019, 3:02 pm
by Tom Gilbert
In Nick Lewin's blog he ponders if the film is Suzy Wandas, he received an email from Raven Tekwe who was a friend of Suzy's in the 80's. Briefly she mentioned coming to the US very quickly and doing a film with a man that played the ukulele. He mentioned that it took a few tries to understand what she was saying when she said ukulele. https://remarkablemagic.com/2018/08/30/ ... zy-wandas/