Cover of Sphinx (April 1907)
|Born||April 26, 1853|
James Bassett in Woolwich, England
|Died||February 28, 1907 (age 53) |
|Resting place||West Norwood Cemetery, Norwood, London, Grave 31,826 - Square 82|
Originally a victualler (traditionally a person who supplies for the crew of a ship food, beverages and other provisions on a vessel at sea) and landlord of Bassett's Hotel (formerly known as Petter's Hotel), a tavern at the corner of Garrick-street and New-street (now New Place) which still exists today as The Round House. Bertram became bankrupt 1882 and turned to conjuring as a full-time profession.
During the latter part of his career, he toured with Albert Chevalier in Great Britain and the United States.