The Famous Polander, 1766

The Famous Polander, 1766

'The Famous Polander' was also billed as 'The Famous Balance Master' since his act consisted of balancing a pole in as many as 24 different ways. His career spanned the 1780s and 1790s and Polander performed his feats to great acclaim at Sadler's Wells in a run of performances in 1785. Polander used a pole or poles with which to do various balancing feats and the act was so popular that the Tiller Clowes' marionette troupe included a 'Famous Polander'. The Museum has a marionette of Polander as part of its collection.