The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1898

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

Jan. 2-8: Sapp's Opera House, Galena, KS - California Concert Co. [1]
➤ The Keatons are with show. Houdini is said to have named their son "Buster" around this time. [8]
Jan. 9-15: Sapp's Opera House, Galena, KS - California Concert Co. [1]
➤ Sun., Jan. 9: Houdini gives special "Spiritualistic Seance in the Open Light."
Jan. 16-22:
Jan. 23-29: Perkins Opera House, Coffeyville, KS - California Concert Co.
➤ Story of Houdini being shot in hand by gangsters.
Jan. 30-Feb 5:

Feb. 6-12: Bert Martin's Eden Musee, St. Joseph, MO [2]
Feb. 13-19: Bert Martin's Eden Musee, St. Joseph, MO [1]
Feb. 20-26:
➤ Mon., Feb. 21: Signs contract to appear with Welsh Bros. Circus for 25 weeks commencing April 16. [5]
➤ Sun., Feb. 27: A.O.U.W. Lodge, Rock Island Bldg., St. Joseph, MO [2]
Feb. 27-March 5:

March 6-12:
March 13-19: Middleton's Clark Street Museum, Chicao, IL [1][2]
March 20: Palace Museum, Minneapolis, IN [1]
March 20-26:
March 27-Apr 2: Smith's Opera House, Grand Rapids, MI

April 3-9: Wonderland, Buffalo, NY [2]
➤ Mon., April 6: Houdini celebrates 24th birthday.
April 10-16: Welsh Bros. Circus, (Rockland St. & Locust St.), Lancaster, PA [1]
April 17-23: Welsh Bros. Circus, (Rockland St. & Locust St.), Lancaster, PA [1]
➤ Houdini does card tricks and handcuff escape at Lancaster police station. [7]
April 24-30: Welsh Bros. Circus, 2nd st. & Manor St. Lancaster, PA [1]

May 1-7: Welsh Bros. Circus (4th and Chestnut St), Lebanon, PA [2]
May 8-14: Welsh Bros. Circus, Harrisburg, PA [2]
May 15-21: Welsh Bros. Circus, Reading, PA [1][7]
May 22-28: Welsh Bros. Circus, Allentown, PA [1][7]
May 29-Jun 4:
✪ ➤ Houdini publishes "Silent Second Sight" in June 1898 Mahatma, first known published article.

June 5-11: Welsh Bros. Circus, Shenandoah and Mt. Carmel, PA [1][2][7]
June 12-18: Welsh Bros. Circus, Pottsville (June 16-18), PA [2][7]
June 19-25:
June 26-Jul 2:

July 3-9: Welsh Bros. Circus, Harrisburg and Perkasie (July 9), PA [2]
July 10-16: Welsh Bros. Circus, Reading, PA [2]
July 17-23:
July 24-30: Welsh Bros. Circus, Wilkes-Barre (July 25 & 26) and Scranton (July 29), PA [2]

July 30-Aug 6:
Aug. 7-13:
Aug. 14-20: Welsh Bros. Circus, Bradford (15th & 16th) and Norristown, PA [2]
Aug. 21-27: Welsh Bros. Circus, Scranton (Aug. 23) and Altoona (Aug 21, 25, 26), PA [2]
➤ Welsh Bros. No. 2 plays Wilkes-Barre this same week.
Aug. 28-Sep 3: Welsh Bros. Circus, Huntington, PA (Aug 29) and Lewistown, PA (Aug 30), Hazeleton (31st, 1nd, 2nd), PA [1][2]

Sept. 4-10: Welsh Bros. Circus, York, PA [2]
Sept. 11-17: Welsh Bros. Circus, Mahanoy City, PA [2]
Sept. 18-24: Welsh Bros. Circus, Harper's Ferry, VA (19), Martinsburg, VA (20), Cumberland, PA (24) [1]
Sept. 26-Oct 1: Welsh Bros. Circus, Lancaster, PA [2]
➤ Welsh Bros. closes season.

Oct. 2-8:
Oct. 8: Welsh Bros write glowing letter of recommendation for The Houdinis [1][5]
Oct. 9-15:
Oct. 16-22:
Oct. 23-29:
Oct. 30-Nov 5:
➤ Houdini publishes Magic Made Easy around this time. Seriously considers quitting show business altogether. [3][8]

Nov. 6-12:
Nov. 13-19:
Nov. 20-26:
Nov. 27-Dec. 3:

Dec. 4-10:
Dec. 11-17:
Dec. 18-24: Smith's Opera House, Grand Rapid, MI [1][7]
✪ ➤ Houdini does a straitjacket escape. [7]
Dec. 25-31: Middleston’s Clark St. Museum, Chicago, IL [1]


SOURCES (1898):
[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.
✪ Denotes a first or possible first.

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