Bert Levy – Australia's first global Vaudeville star
‘another old Vaudeville mate’
Bert had been losing his hearing even before 1918 (when aged 46) as he was knocked back on enlisting in the Canadian army. (more on that later)
On a trip to New York City, Rogers was at Madison Square Garden, on April 27, 1905, when a wild steer broke out of the arena and began to climb into the viewing stands. Rogers roped the steer to the delight of the crowd. The feat got front page attention from the newspapers, giving him valuable publicity and an audience eager to see more. Willie Hammerstein saw his vaudeville act, and signed Rogers to appear on the Victoria Roof—which was literally on a rooftop—with his pony. For the next decade, Rogers estimated he worked for 50 weeks a year at the Roof and at the city’s myriad vaudeville theaters.
Friar’s Frolic in Baltimore (above) and Friar’s Round Table in New York (below) – Sounds like an interesting club !
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