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Señor Wences



Señor Wences was born in Spain and toured Europe and South America before coming to the United States in 1936 to play his act in nightclubs and what remained of vaudeville.  Less cosmopolitan audiences had difficulty understanding his accent, but the novelty of his act was in the use of his hand as a puppet head and the variety of his voices.  In time he became television audiences' favorite ventriloquist and appeared on the tube for three decades before retiring.  He passed away in 1999 at the age of 103.