Soto Sunetaro

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Soto Sunetaro
BornWellington King Tobias
1858
DiedFebruary 10, 1910

Soto Sunetaro (1858-1910), born Wellington King Tobias, performed on the Lyceum circuit as a silent Japanese act starting around 1890 (before Chung Ling Soo).

Biography

He was among those listed on Robert Ankele's layout of 58 Famous Magicians.

Sunetaro was performing with his family as Sunetaro and His Company around New York when he died of pneumonia at age fifty-eight. He was buried at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York with his parents.

His wife and a son, of 15 years of age, continued in the business after his death for a number of years. The Sphinx reported in his obituary that his name was John T. Reese. Upon seeing it, Mrs. Sunetaro requested a correction which was made in the following issue.

John Mulholland thought it seemed probable that he got his name from Japanese troupe that appeared in New York on June 13, 1887, at the Standard Theater. One member was called Sunetaro and another Soto Kichi.[1][2]

Honors

  • Cover of Mahatma Vol 2, No. 2 (August, 1898) with name as Sunetario and also in January 1906.

References

  1. Sphinx April, 1929, page 63.
  2. AN INVESTIGATION OF MAGIC IN JAPAN AFTER THE OPENING OF THE COUNTRY by Mitsunobu Matsuyama in Gibeciere Vol. 03, No. 01
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