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The Acrobat has long been a popular toy and reached its peak of popularity during the reign of Queen Victoria.

Bears, pigs, monkeys and of course humans have all featured as animated figures. 

The Acrobat uses a simple but effective mechanism thought to have originated in China. 

It is animated through the clever use of a double twisted cord that is tightened by a repeated squeeze on the levers. 

The toy demonstrates several different forces, as well as levers.String puppets with advanced mechanisms have been used as a source of entertainment for adults in China for centuries.