The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1896

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Last update: 1/31/18
Weeks start on Sunday.

Dec. 29-Jan. 4:
Jan. 5-11:
Jan. 12-18: Bijou Theater, Wilmington, DE (Jan. 13-15) – American Gaiety Girls [1][2][7]
➤ Tues, Jan. 14: Escapes cuffs in Wilmington police station. [2][7]
➤ The 9th and Arch Dime Museum in Philadelphia features "Houdini and Mlle. Ola" in "The Butterfly" this week. Possibly Jack Hyman? [2]
Jan. 19-25:
Jan. 26-Feb. 1: Star Theater, Hoboken, NJ, (Jan. 27-29) – American Gaiety Girls [2][7]

Feb. 2-8:
Feb. 9-15: Star Theater, Hoboken, NJ - performs as Prof. Morat, hypnotist. [2][7]
Feb. 16-22: Gilmore's Opera House, Springfield, MA (Feb. 22-24) – American Gaiety Girls [1][2][7]
Feb. 23-29: The Auditorium, Hartford, CT (Feb. 27-29) – American Gaiety Girls [2]

March 1-7: Opera House, New Britain, CT – American Gaiety Girls (March 2-3) [1][2][7]
➤ Mon., March 2: Houdini escapes handcuffs at police station. [2][7]
March 8-14: Front St. Opera House, Worcester, MA (March 12-14) – American Gaiety Girls [1][2][7]
March 15-21:
March 22-28: Music Hall, Lowell, MA (March 23-25) – American Gaiety Girls [1][2][7]
March 29-April 4: Palace Theater, Boston, MA – American Gaiety Girls [1][2][7]

April 5-11:
➤ Mon., April 6: Houdini celebrates 22nd birthday.
April 12-18: Music Hall, Woonsocket, RI [1]
➤ Wed., April 14: The American Gaiety Girls folds after business manager Fred Harvey is arrested for misappropriating funds. [2][7]
April 19-25:
April 24-May 2:

May 3-9:
May 10-16:
May 17-23:
May 24-30:
➤ Sun., May 24: Harry and Bess join the Marco Co. in Boston, MA. [2][7][9]
May 31-June 6: Boston Marine Hall, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada (June 1-2) – Marco Co. [9]
➤ Thurs., June 4: Houdini escapes handcuffs and does card tricks at police station. [2][7]

June 7-13: Opera House, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada – Marco Co. [2][7][9]
➤ Fri., June 12: Marco show draws only 24 customers.
✪ ➤ [Date?]: Houdini's sees his first straitjacket at Saint John's Provincial Lunatic Asylum.
June 14-20: Bookings at Fredericton City Hall (15-16) and Moncton Opera House (17-18) cancelled. [9]
➤ Mon., June 15: Harry and Bess check into Carleton House (Argyle St.), Halifax, Nova Scotia. [9]
June 21-27:
✪ ➤ Thurs., June 25: Houdini escapes handcuffs and jail cell (first jailbreak?) at Halifax police station. [2][7]
✪ ➤ [Date?]: Houdini bound to horse escape at Halifax Common. First outdoor stunt. [9]
June 28-July 4: Academy of Music, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada – Marco Co. [1][9]
➤ Tues., June 30: Houdini accepts challenges. Marco bills act as "Escape from Dorchester." [7]
➤ Thurs., July 1: Marco Co. performs final show and folds. Harry and Bess remain in Canada to fulfill advance bookings.

July 5-11: St. Peter's Hall, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada (July 6-8) - "Magic, Mirth and Mystery" [9]
July 12-18: Gunn’s Opera House, Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada (July 15-16) [2][7][9]
➤ Houdini and Bess perform Trilby levitation.
July 19-25:
July 26-Aug. 1:
➤ July 25-27: Pioneer Hall, Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada [2][7][9]
➤ July 29-30: St. George's Hall, Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, Canada [9]

Aug. 2-8:
➤ [Date?]: Houdini escapes handcuffs at Amherst police station.
➤ Aug. 3: Academy of Music, Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada [9]
➤ Aug 5-6: Melanson's Hall, Joggins Mines, Nova Scotia, Canada [9]
Aug. 9-15:
➤ Aug. 8-10: Music Hall (Bridge & Main), Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada [9]
➤ Aug. 11: Hickman's Hall. Dorchester, New Brunswick, Canada [9]
Aug. 16-22: Opera House, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada (Aug. 17-18) [1][2][7][9]
➤ Mon., Aug. 17: Houdini escapes handcuffs and jail cell at Moncton police station. [9]
➤ Sat., Aug. 22: The Houdini's sail from Yarmouth aboard the SS Yarmouth. Houdini seasick, Bess has to perform in his place. [9]
Aug. 23-29:
➤ Sunday, Aug. 23: The Houdinis arrive in Boston abroad SS Yarmouth[9]
Aug. 30-Sep 5:

Sept. 6-12:
Sept. 13-19:
Sept. 20-26:
Sept. 27-Oct 3:

Oct. 4-10:
Oct. 11-17: Tony Pastor's 14th Street Theater, New York, NY [6]
Oct. 18-24: Imperial Music Hall Buffalo, NY [9]
➤ Thurs., Oct. 22: Houdini escapes handcuffs at Buffalo police headquarters. [2][7]
Oct. 25-31:

Nov. 1-7: Wonderland, Detroit, MI. [2]
Nov. 8-14:
Nov. 15-21:
Nov. 22-28: Kohl & Middleton's Dime Museum, Chicago, IL [2]
Nov. 29-Dec 5: Olympia Musee, Milwaukee, WI (Dec 3-5) [1][2][7]

Dec 6-12:
Dec 13-19:
➤ Thurs., Dec 17: Alexander Herrmann dies at age 52.
Dec 20-26: Wonderland Musee and Theater (4th near Edmond), St. Joseph, MO [2]
➤ The Houdinis play the "Curio Hall" while Harry performs solo act in the "Bijou Theater." [2]
Dec 27-Jan. 2: Wonderland Musee and Theater (4th near Edmond), St. Joseph, MO [2]


SOURCES (1896):
[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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