With the "guiding hand" of Paul Stadelman at his back, Windy Higgins had a very distinguishing career as a
While other figure's may be known for the ventriloquist they associate with, Windy, by Paul's design, was almost an "entity" unto himself.
So, as a result of the strong, "out front" identity that Paul created for Windy, it only seemed appropriate that Windy Higgins have his own page.
(And although I've never met Windy, I'm sure he would have expected nothing less.)
I guess I should start with Windy's creation.
"....Charlie Mack who carved Windy Higgins in 1913......"
"The original cost for the head alone was thirty-five dollars, later I had eyelids installed, and a cigarette smoking
attachment, and a better wig. The body I made myself, and installed the hand shake movement."
"His eyes are regular
optical eyes, such as are used by humans who need an artificial
eye.......", (which, by the way, were non-moving).
(Quotes from "Ventriloquism Of Today" by Paul Stadelman)
The very first time I talked to Ron, I asked him if he could snap a
current picture of Windy for the pages so I'd have a color shot of him
since everything that was taken "back when" was in black & white,
and he sent me these;
Windy and Windy with Ron.
First picture below: Ron and I both attended the 2005 Vent Haven Convention where the three of us got to meet.
Second picture below: Windy in his case, (obviously).
Windy's case allowed him to be placed without having to fold his legs or take the head off, and it appears to be very protective.
The case was also just the right height to serve as a performance stand.
Just another example of Paul's clever thinking.