The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1895

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Last update: 2/3/18
Weeks start on Sunday.

Dec. 30-Jan. 6: Wonderland Musee & Theater (3 West Seventh St.), Wilmington, DE [1][2][7]
Jan. 6-12: Tony Pastor's (14th Street), New York, NY [1][2]
Jan. 13-19: Wonderland Musee & Theater, Wilkes-Barre, PA [2]
➤ Ads for the above engagement reference "the great barrel mystery" so it's possible this is Jack Hyman. But the billing is "The Houdinis".
Jan. 20-26: Huber's Palace Museum (14th St), New York, NY [1]
Jan 27-Feb. 2: Huber's Palace Museum (14th St), New York, NY [8]

Feb. 3-9:
➤ Mon., Feb. 4: Letter from Tony Pastor calling The Houdinis act "satisfactory and interesting." [5]
Feb. 17-23:
Feb. 24-March 2:

March 3-9:
March 10-16:
March 17-23: Proctor's Theater, New York, NY [2]
March 24-30:

March 31-April 6:
➤ Sat., April 6: Houdini celebrates 21st birthday.
April 7-13:
April 14-20:
➤ Sat., April 20: Welsh Bros. Circus opens their Seventh Season in Lancaster, PA. The Houdinis join for $25 per week plus food and board. [2][3]
April 21-27: Welsh Bros. Circus, Lancaster, PA - Tent pitched on corner of Rockland & Locust. [1][7]
April 28-May 4: Welsh Bros. Circus, Lancaster, PA

May 5-11: Welsh Bros. Circus, York, PA [2]
➤ May 6, 7, 8: Tent pitched on Popular street. [2]
➤ May 9, 10, 11: Tent pitched on College Ave & Newberry. [2]
May 12-18: Welsh Bros. Circus, Harrisburg (6th and Maclay St), PA [2]
May 19-25: Welsh Bros. Circus, Lebanon (4th & Chestnut St.), PA (May 22-26). [2]
May 26-June 1:

June 2-8: Welsh Bros. Circus, Sunbury, PA [2]
➤ Tues., June 4: Papers report show disbands early after heavy storm uproots tents and poor business (later disputed by C.W. Clinton). [2]
June 9-15: Welsh Bros. Circus, Pottsville, PA - Lot opposite Pennsylvania depot. [1][7]
June 16-22: Welsh Bros. Circus, Harrisburg (17th, 18th, 19th), Mount Carmel (20th, 21st, 22nd), PA [2]
June 23-29: Welsh Bros. Circus, Shamokin, PA [1][7]
June 30-July 6: Welsh Bros. Circus, "Old Fair Grounds", Williamsport, PA [2]

July 7-13:
July 14-20: Welsh Bros. Circus, Elizabethville (16th), Middleburg (19th), PA [2]
July 21-27: Welsh Bros. Circus, Mechanicsburg (22nd), Chambersburg (24th, 25th, 26th), PA [2]
July 28-Aug. 3: Welsh Bros. Circus, Shippensburg (29th, 30th) and Carlisle (1st, 2nd, 3rd), PA [1][2][7]

Aug. 4-10: Welsh Bros. Circus, Newport (6th) and Huntingdon, PA [2]
Aug. 11-17: Welsh Bros. Circus Tyrone, PA (12th, 13th). [2]
Aug. 18-24: Welsh Bros. Circus, Altoona, PA (6 days) [2]
Aug. 25-31:

Sept. 1-7: Welsh Bros. Circus, Blairsville (2nd), Apollo (4th), Leechburg (5th), New Bethlehem (6th), Reynoldsville (7th), PA [2][7]
Sept. 8-14: Welsh Bros. Circus, Penfield (9th), Driftwood (10th), Renovo (11th & 12th), Lock Haven (13th & 14th), PA [7]
Sept. 15-21: Welsh Bros. Circus, Howard (17th, 18th, 19th), Mifflinburg (20th), Northumberland (21st), PA [7]
Sept. 22-28:
➤ Mon., Sept. 23: Welsh Bros. Circus closes out season with two charity shows in Lancaster, PA. [9]
Sept. 29-Oct. 5:
➤ Sat., Oct. 5: Magician Hornmann issues $300 challenge to rival Albini. Houdini pastes clipping in scrapbook. Inspiration for challenge advertising? [7]

Oct. 6-12:
Oct. 13-19:
➤ Houdini becomes "Proprietor and Manager" of The American Gaiety Girls burlesque show.
Oct. 20-26: Gaiety Theater, Troy, NY – American Gaiety Girls [7]
Oct. 27-Nov. 2: Palace Theater (Court & Sudbury St.), Boston, MA – American Gaiety Girls [1][2][7]

Nov. 3-9: Gorman’s Theater, Manchester, NH (Nov. 8) – American Gaiety Girls [1][7]
✪ ➤ Houdini uses handcuffs during Metamorphosis. Possibly his first on-stage handcuff escape. [3]
Nov. 10-16: Whitney's Opera House, Fitchburg, MA – American Gaiety Girls [2]
Nov. 17-23: Webster Hall, Gloucester, MA – American Gaiety Girls [1]
✪ ➤ Fri., Nov. 22: Houdini escapes handcuffs at Gloucester police station. First? [7]
Nov. 24-27 (split week): Music Hall, Woonsocket, RI – American Gaiety Girls [7]
➤ Wed., Nov. 26: Houdini escapes handcuffs at Central police station. [7]
Nov. 28-30 (split week): Gilmore's Opera House, Springfield, MA – American Gaiety Girls [1]
➤ Thurs., Nov. 28: Houdini escapes handcuffs at police station. [7]

Dec. 1-7: Empire Theater, Holyoke, MA – American Gaiety Girls [1][7]
➤ Sun., Dec. 1: Houdini escapes handcuffs at Holyoke police station. [1][7]
Dec. 8-14: [Theater?], Fall River, MA – American Gaiety Girls [1][7]
➤ Mon., Dec. 9: Houdini escapes handcuffs at central police station. [7]
Dec. 22-28: Bijou Theater, Paterson, NJ – American Gaiety Girls [1][7]
➤ Thurs., Dec. 26: Houdini escapes handcuffs at police station. [7]
✪ ➤ Sat., Dec. 28: Accepts challenge handcuffs from public. First? [7]
Dec. 29-Jan. 4, 1896:


SOURCES (1895):
[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 photo.
[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] MacNab, Bruce. The Metamorphosis: The Apprenticeship of Harry Houdini. Fredericton: Goose Lane Editions, 2012.
✪ Denotes a first or possible first.

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