Does anyone have a photo(s) of Professor Vertelli or know his descendant to contact in order to allow me to be more familiar to him?
According to Sphinx Vol.12 Feb 1914, he was born in England in 1840 and moved to Australia in 1850. He was once a most renowned tightrope walker at that time in 1860s. Then followed magic work in which he was engaged almost exclusively for the rest of his professional career.
While he was in Japan around 1875 for more than one year, he appeared many vaudeville theatres in Yokohama and Tokyo and was very successful. Until then, no western magician had appeared at any popular downtown theatre in Tokyo because of many reasons. So, he is considered the most influential western magician in early Japanese magic history.
After staying in Japan, he moved to San Francisco, and then had toured many cities in USA for moir than twenty years. In his later year, he was stricken with paralysis of both feet and he turned his attention to astrology and card reading which then became his sole means of livelihood.
I have already identified that Vertelli's real name was John Morcom and his wife's name was Annie. It is said that he had 8 children and none living, however I think there is some descendant. He died in 1914. Their address was Berkeley City, Oakland, California.
I wonder if any of you has his photo because only his picture I have is from a children book on Vertelli.
Your advice would be very much appreciated in advance.