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Juggling club

Juggling Club
ca.1960 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

This is one of a set of juggling clubs made and used by Edwin Moxon (1857-1945), and by his grand-daughter Judy. Judy Moxon (b.1932) performed in cabaret and variety all over the world and her act included juggling with a tennis racquet and foot juggling. 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. Grandfather Edwin, or Ted, Moxon 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.

This club was given by Judy Moxon, along with photographs, posters showing her grandfather's act, a pair of his stage costume trunks, and a programme for London Rhapsody at the Palladium Theatre, September 1937, illustrated with an image of her mother performing the act.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Wood, wicker and leather
Brief description
Juggling club, originally one of a set of six made by Edwin Moxon (1857-1945) and used in her cabaret and variety juggling act by Judy Moxon (b.1932)
Physical description
Wood and wicker juggling club painted white, with leather finial and guard covering the wicker join, painted red.
Dimensions
  • Height: 51.0cm (maximum height)
  • Width: 11.0cm (maximum width)
  • Depth: 11.0cm (maximum depth)
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 is one of a set of juggling clubs made and used by Edwin Moxon (1857-1945), and by his grand-daughter Judy. Judy Moxon (b.1932) performed in cabaret and variety all over the world and her act included juggling with a tennis racquet and foot juggling. 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. Grandfather Edwin, or Ted, Moxon 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.



This club was given by Judy Moxon, along with photographs, posters showing her grandfather's act, a pair of his stage costume trunks, and a programme for London Rhapsody at the Palladium Theatre, September 1937, illustrated with an image of her mother performing the act.
Associated objects
Collection
Accession number
S.549:1-2014

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Record createdFebruary 24, 2014
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