Archive for March, 2011

Seven Perezoffs at Sunderland Empire

Friday, March 25th, 2011

The Seven Perezoffs aren’t as renowned as they should be – although there’s a fantastic lithograph that appears in several books, their restaurant themed act isn’t well known these days. The Price Brothers and the Ramblers Troupe also did dining room routines, but they only had four members each.

They appeared at the Sunderland Empire for the week of 29 August 1910:

Seven Perezoffs at Sunderland Empire Poster - From the Tyne & Wear Archives

From the Tyne & Wear Archives

This poster from the circusmuseum.nl collection shows the members juggling plates, parasols, lamps and furniture amongst other things. There’s a more stylised poster from the same collection that shows similar feats. Have a Google to see them travelling the world – they were in New York in 1909 and Australia in 1911, and the family is still working in the circus to this day – Youtube has footage of their descendents’ unicycle act.

 

Professor Valentine at the Victoria Theatre Royal, West Hartlepool

Friday, March 18th, 2011

There’s a bit of a mystery about this week’s subject – I can’t any reference to this performer anywhere – but we are back in 1872 for Professor Valentine’s appearance at the Victoria Theatre Royal for the week of 16 September:

Professor Valentine at Victoria Theatre Royal, West Hartlepool Poster  - From Tyne and Wear Archives

From Tyne and Wear Archives

In close up we can see that he is “The Great Slack Wire Performer, in his Unparalleld Acts of Juggling, Ballancing, &c which must be seen to be credited”.

Professor Valentine at Victoria Theatre Royal, West Hartlepool Poster Close up - From Tyne and Wear Archives

From Tyne and Wear Archives

Does anyone out there know anything about him?

I’m back!

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

I’ve got a working desktop machine again, so normal sevice will resume from Friday. Thanks for hanging around.