Our good friend Marcelo Melison has come through with more interesting information about Francisco Sanz that also includes, Senor Wences.
Hi Dan and Steve,
I’m sending you a photo of Wences’ original Pedro, the head in the box. You will notice this head is very different from the one made popular years later, with the beard and glasses.
Well, this head was one of Francisco Sanz’s figures, it was his present to Wences when he was just starting his career. You may know the story about Wences having a full size figure that was destroyed in a train wreck and saving the head and putting it in a box. Well, that full size figure was given to him by Sanz.
Interesting, don’t you think?
Now, why did Wences change the head later on, I have no clue. The one with the beard and glasses is not as funny looking as this one.
Anyway, I just wanted to share this bit of trivia with you people.
Thanks Marcelo for the tidbit of trivia.
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There are so many vent historians who come here (all of ’em, in fact), I know somebody has the answer. I’m eager to know it.
So the story that due to an unfortunate accident with a vent figure Wences became famous with his “head in a box” routine isn’t that accurate after all. To begin with Francisco Sanz was doing that routine long before Señor Wences became a professional ventriloquist and then Sanz gave his original head in the box to Wences once he did start performing. Interesting.
Many thanks again to Marcelo for all the amazing stories of the World Famous Ventriloquists and of course the wonderful photos.