The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1891-94

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Last update: 2/5/18
Weeks begin on Sunday.

1891
Jan. 18-24:
➤ Thurs., Jan. 22: Carrie Gladys Weiss born.

March 29-April 4:
➤ Fri., April 3: Ehrich Weiss leaves job at H. Richter’s Sons to pursue career as a magician. [5]
April 5-11:
➤ Mon., April 6: Ehrich celebrates 17th birthday (it's likely he believed he was 18).

Summer:
Ehrich and Jacob Hyman perform "a series of semi-professional magic shows" as The Brothers Houdini around New York. [10]

Dec. 27-Jan. 2:
➤ Tues., Dec. 29: Columbus, KA. [1]

1892
April 3-9:
➤ Wed., April 6: Ehrich celebrates 18th birthday.

Oct. 2-8: The Brothers Houdini performing in New York. [9]
➤ Wed., Oct. 5: Houdini's father Mayer Samuel Weiss (63) dies after operation for tongue cancer at Presbyterian Hospital, 308 E. 69th St., New York, NY. [3][8]
➤ Fri., Oct. 7: Rabbi Weiss buried at Machpelah Cemetery, Queens, NY [8]

1893
April: Huber's 14th St. Museum. New York, NY (The Brothers Houdini) [1][8]
➤ Thurs., April 6: Ehrich celebrates 19th birthday.

May:
Columbia World's Exposition in Chicago, IL (The Brothers Houdini) [9]

June: Kohl & Middleton Dime Museum (150 Clark St.), Chicago, IL (Houdini solo) [8][9]

July 2-8: Miner's Bowery Theatre, New York, NY (The Brothers Houdini) [1][2][8]
July 9-15:
July 16-22:
July 23-29:
July 30-Aug. 5: Huber's 14th St. Museum, New York, NY (The Brothers Houdini) [5][8]

Aug. 6-12:
Aug. 13-19:
Aug. 20-26: Wonderland, Toledo, OH. (The Brothers Houdini) [1][2][8]
Aug. 27-Sept. 2:

Sept. 3-9:
Sept. 10-16: Robinson's Musee Theater, Buffalo, NY. (The Brothers Houdini) [1][2][8]
Sept. 17-23:
Sept. 24-30:

Oct. 1-7:
Oct. 8-14:
Oct. 15-21:
Oct. 22-28: Kohl & Middleton Dime Museum (State Street), Chicago, IL (The Brothers Houdini) [2][3]
Oct. 29-Nov. 4:

Nov. 5-11:
Nov. 12-18:
Nov. 26-Dec. 2: The Louvre (286 Wabash Ave.) Chicago, IL. (The Brothers Houdini) [5][7]

1894
Feb. 4-10:
Feb. 11-17:
Feb. 18-24: 9th and Arch Dime Museum, Philadelphia, PA (The Brothers Houdini) [2]
Feb. 25-March 3:

April 1-7:
➤ Fri., April 6: Houdini celebrates 20th birthday.
April 8-14:
➤ Tues., April 10: Jacob Hyman and Harry dissolve "The Brothers Houdini" partnership. [8]
April 15-21: Globe Museum (Houston & Bleecker streets), Bowery, NY (as Prof. Houdini) [1][2]
April 22-28:
April 29-May 5:

June 3-9:
June 10-16:
June 17-23: Vacca's Pavilion (Buschman's Walk & Ocean Avenue), Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY (The Brothers Houdini with Dash).
➤ Thurs., June 21: "Risey in the box" incident. [2][7]
➤ Fri., June 22: Houdini marries Wilhelmina Beatrice Rahner aka Bess. [3]
June 24-30:

July 1-7:
July 8-14:
July 15-21:
July 22-28:
➤ Sat., July 28: Coney Island Clipper announces Brothers Houdini act will now become The Houdinis. [2]
July 29-Aug. 4:

October (2 weeks): Barton's Theatre, Newport, VA (The Houdinis) [1]


SOURCES (1891-94):
[1] Koval, Frank. The Illustrated Houdini Research Diary, Part 1: 1895 to 1899. Chadderton: 1993.
[2] Original newspaper story or advertisement via newspapers.com or other archival source.
[3] Silverman, Kenneth. Houdini!!! The Career of Ehrich Weiss. New York: Harper Collins, 1996.
[4] Christopher, Milbourne. Houdini The Untold Story. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co., 1969.
[5] Original Houdini letter, cable, contract or signed item.
[6] Original pitchbook, program, playbill or poster.
[7] Harry Houdini Personal Scrapbook 1895 to 1899, History Museum at the Castle, Appleton, WI.
[8] Weltman, Manny. Houdini: Escape into Legend, The Early Years: 1862–1900. Van Nuys: Finders/Seekers Enterprises, 1993.
[9] Kalush, William, and Larry Sloman. The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006.
[10] Sandford, Christopher. Houdini and Conan Doyle. London: Duckworth, 2011.

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