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Photograph of Judy Moxon performing foot juggling

Photograph
ca.1960 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This photograph shows Judy Moxon's foot-juggling act which she performed in cabaret and variety all over the world. Judy learned her skills from her mother Eileen, who performed with her from the time she was 15 in the late 1940s in an act called Levanda and Van. Judy (b.1932) was the grand-daughter of Edwin, or Ted, Moxon (1857-1945) who ran away from home to join the circus when he was 17, and travelled the world performing a foot-juggling act in circuses and variety theatres. He performed in Russia for seven years, spoke several languages fluently and had thirteen children. When they were mature enough, the two eldest children were trained in foot juggling to become part of the family act, the Moxon Trio. Eileen later formed her own foot-juggling act, first with her brother, and then her daughter Judy.

This photograph was given by Judy Moxon, along with posters showing her grandfather's act, a pair of his acrobatic trunks, and a programme for London Rhapsody at the Palladium Theatre, September 1937, illustrated with an image of her mother performing the act, as well as her juggling clubs made by her grandfather.



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Brief Description
Photograph of Judy Moxon (b.1932) performing foot juggling, ca.1960
Physical Description
Black and white photograph, showing three images of Judy Moxon in her stage costume of leotard and fishnet tights, performing her foot juggling act with a pole, a ball, and a giant playing card.
Dimensions
  • Height: 23.0cm
  • Width: 25.3cm
Credit line
Given by Judy Moxon
Object history
Part of a small collection given to the museum by Judy Moxon relating to foot- juggling and the act the Moxon Trio performed by her grandfather Edwin Moxon (1857-1947) and his children, one of whom was Judy's mother Eileen. Eileen (1910-1990) later formed her own foot-juggling act, first with her brother, and in the late 1940s as Levanda and Van with her daughter Judy, who went on to perform the act independently in the 1960s.

Summary
This photograph shows Judy Moxon's foot-juggling act which she performed in cabaret and variety all over the world. Judy learned her skills from her mother Eileen, who performed with her from the time she was 15 in the late 1940s in an act called Levanda and Van. Judy (b.1932) was the grand-daughter of Edwin, or Ted, Moxon (1857-1945) who ran away from home to join the circus when he was 17, and travelled the world performing a foot-juggling act in circuses and variety theatres. He performed in Russia for seven years, spoke several languages fluently and had thirteen children. When they were mature enough, the two eldest children were trained in foot juggling to become part of the family act, the Moxon Trio. Eileen later formed her own foot-juggling act, first with her brother, and then her daughter Judy.



This photograph was given by Judy Moxon, along with posters showing her grandfather's act, a pair of his acrobatic trunks, and a programme for London Rhapsody at the Palladium Theatre, September 1937, illustrated with an image of her mother performing the act, as well as her juggling clubs made by her grandfather.



Associated Objects
Collection
Accession Number
S.548-2014

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record createdFebruary 24, 2014
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