John Leonard Insull was the greatest and most prolific maker of vent figures England has ever produced. He spent his early days in Wolverhampton and began his career as an apprentice to a joiner. However he soon developed a taste for magic and decided to go on stage under the name of Hinsle, the Comedy Illusionist.
He was often assisted by his wife Gertie Rees, who did a clog dance; and eventually they toured the world together.
( Ventriloquist Central)