Archive for November, 2010

Monsieur Lavanti at Victoria Concert Hall, West Hartlepool

Friday, November 26th, 2010

This time I have a fairly early poster from the Victoria Concert Hall in West Hartlepool, which includes a performance from Monsieur Lavanti “Champion Juggler” for the week of May 2, 1870:

Lavanti at the Victoria Concert Hall Poster

From the Tyne and Wear Archive

Unfortunately I can’t find anything about this chap, or any suggestion of what championship he might be claiming to have won. Does anyone out there have any leads?

Morton Jewell Troupe at Sunderland Empire

Friday, November 12th, 2010

The Morton Jewell Troupe “American Novelty Club Jugglers, presenting “An Event in Clubdom”” appeared at Sunderland Empire on 8 December 1913:

Morton Jewell Troupe Poster - From the Tyne & Wear Archives

From the Tyne & Wear Archives

There are a couple of references on the web that note that the Morton Jewell troupe were the only act who combined singing with juggling. The Just Juggling Jottings article from the Vaudeville Missouri Breeze of 1 October 1915 is a real gem.