Torma disappeared in the mounts of Tyrol at the age of 30. Due to his elusive behaviour and the impossibility to check his life facts, i.e. no living or actual known family members, every writer he purportedly knew having died long before the publication of his books, no professional career, no fixed address, his body having never been recovered, etc, it has been suggested by some, including Jean-François Jeandillou, that Torma's existence may be fictitious. His purported birthday, 6 April, is marked as "the birthday of pataphysics" in the "pataphysics calendar".
The real writer who authored the first four publications and Porte battantes would have had to be using a pen name, as, according to the French institute for statistics INSEE, only three Torma births have been recorded in France since 1891, all between 1941 and 1965.