The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1897

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Last update: 2/19/18
Weeks start on Sunday.

Jan. 3-9: Wonderland Musee Theatre (Edmond & Felix), St. Joseph, MO [2]
Jan. 10-16:
Jan. 17-23:
✪ ➤ Sun. Jan. 17: Houdini exposes methods of fraudulent mediums at A.O.U.W. hall (Sixth and Edmond), St. Joseph, MO. First exposures? [2]
Jan. 24-30:
Jan. 31-Feb. 6:

Feb. 7-13: Sher's Alhambra Palace Theater and Summer Garden (7th and Elm), [City, State?] [7]
➤ Harry performs sleight of hand as Harry Raynohr, Bess signs as Beatrice Raynohr, and "Harry & Bessie Raynohr" perform comedy sketch "A Tramps Reception." [7]
Feb. 14-20:
Feb. 21-27: Hopkins Grand Opera House, St. Louis, MO [2]
➤ The Houdinis on same bill as T. Nelson Downs. [2]
➤ Sat., Feb. 27: Harry and Bess give "Spiritualistic Seance" at A.O.U.W. Lodge, St. Louis, MO [7]
Feb. 28-March 6: McCasland's Opera House, East St. Louis, MO [1][7]

March 7-13: Wonderland Musee Theatre (Edmond & Felix), St. Joseph, MO [2]
➤ The Houdinis are also advertised as appearing at the Temple Theater, Alton, IL this same week. [2]
March 14-77: Wonderland, Detroit, MI [solo billed, might be Jack Hyman] [2]
March 18-20: Bell City Opera House, Racine. WI - Rogers Orpheum Stars Co. [1]
➤ Mon., March 19: Escapes handcuffs at police station. [7]
March 25-27: Germania Theater, Menasha, WI (March 26-27) - Rogers Orpheum Stars Co. [1]
➤ Mon., March 26: Escapes handcuffs at City Hall. [7]
March 28-April 3: Opera House, Appleton, WI (March 29-30) - Rogers Orpheum Stars Co. [1]
➤ Mon., March 29: Escapes handcuffs at Appleton police station. [7]

April 4-10: Grand Opera House, Stevens Point, WI - Rogers Orpheum Stars Co. [2]
➤ Mon., April 6: Houdini celebrates 23rd birthday.
April 11-17:
April 18-24: Myers Grand Opera House, Janesville, WI - Rogers Orpheum Stars Co. [1][7]
April 25-May 1:

May 2-8:
➤ Thurs., May 6: Escapes handcuffs at Beloit, WI police station. [1]
May 9-15:
May 16-22:
May 23-29:
May 30-Jun 5:

June 6-12:
June 13-19:
➤ June 14: Fairview Amusement Park, Dayton , OH [5][10]
June 20-26:
June 27-July 3:
➤ In July Houdini goes to four newspapers offering to sell his secrets, including his handcuff act, for $25. [3]

July 4-10:
July 11-17:
July 18-24: Sea Beach Palace, Coney Island, NY. [10]
July 25-31: Sea Beach Palace, Coney Island, NY. [10]

Aug. 1-7: Huber's Museum, New York, NY [8]
➤ Mon., Aug 2: Bess refuses to work. Houdini works solo. [10]
Aug. 6-9: Huber's Museum, New York, NY [1]
Aug. 8-14:
Aug. 15-21:
Aug. 22-28:
Aug. 29-Sept. 4:

Sept. 5-11:
Sept. 12-18: Lyceum Theater, Niagra Falls, NY [1][7]
Sept. 19-25: Wonderland, Detroit, MI [1][7]
➤ Fri., Sept. 24: Escapes 3 pair of handcuffs at Detroit police headquarters. [2]
Sept. 26-Oct. 2: Smith's Opera House, Grand Rapids, MI [1]
➤ Wed., Sept. 29: Escapes handcuffs at Grand Rapids police station. [7]
The Review calls Houdini "Herrmann's Successor." [7]

Oct. 3-9:
Oct. 10-16:
Oct. 17-23:
Oct. 24-30: Music Hall, Milwaukee, WI [1]
➤ Wed., Oct. 27: Escapes handcuffs at police station. [7]

Oct. 31-Nov. 6:
Nov. 7-13:
Nov. 14-20:
Nov. 21-27:
Nov. 28-Dec 4:

Dec. 5-11:
➤ Harry and Bess make a deal to tour with Samri Baldwin, but tour never comes to fruition. [9]
Dec. 12-18:
Dec. 19-25: Opera House, Pittsburgh, KS (Dec. 20-22) - California Concert Co. [1][7]
Dec. 26-Jan. 1: Opera House, Columbus, KS - California Concert Co. [7]
✪ ➤ Tues., Dec. 28: Houdini is called "The King of Handcuffs" in the The Columbus Daily Advocate. First known use of this billing[2]


SOURCES (1897):
[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.
[10] Houdini diary.
✪ Denotes a first or possible first.

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