Troba at the Hartlepool Theatre of Varieties and Tynemouth Palace
Troba was a German juggler and contemporary of Cinquevalli. According to this article in the Juggler’s Bulletin of July 1947 he even did some similar tricks – but his speciality was juggling rifles and firing them as he caught them.
He appeared at the Empress Theatre of Varieties in Hartlepool on 25 April 1904 with headline billing as “the phenomenal juggler”:
It’s truly a night of variety though – as there’s also a photography competition on the bill!
Along with the poster we’re lucky to also have a programme from that evening with an elegant lady illustrated on the cover:
…and the running order and some marvellous advertisements inside; you need never wonder where to go for a French sailor hat ever again!
Just over four years later Troba was back in the North East – this time performing at the Tynemouth Palace. In this article from the Newcastle Weekly Journal and Courant from 12 June 1909 he’s “truly described as a “great juggler”” and he “provides many thrilling feats in which strength and smartness are combined”: