The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1899

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

Jan. 1-7: Middleton’s Clark St. Museum, Chicago, IL [8]
➤ Wed., Jan. 4: Exhibition at Police Headquarters, Chicago, IL [1][2][7]
Jan. 8-14: Middleton’s Clark St. Museum, Chicago, IL [1][7]
➤ Wed., Jan. 11: Houdini fails to escape doctored handcuffs. [2][7]
Jan. 15-21: Middleton’s Clark St. Museum, Chicago, IL [1]
Jan. 22-28:
Jan. 29-Feb. 4: Eden Musee at Wonderland, Detroit, MI [2]

Feb. 5-11: Middleton’s Clark St. Museum, Chicago, IL [7]
Feb. 12-18:
Feb. 19-25: Palace Museum, Minneapolis, MN [1][7]
➤ Sun., Feb. 19: Escapes handcuffs at Minneapolis police station. [2][7]
➤ Mon., Feb. 20: Houdini entertains newspapermen at dinner at Postal Cafe. [2][7]
Feb. 26-March 4:

March 5-11: Palm Garden, St. Paul, MN [2][7]
➤ Mon., March 6: Escapes handcuffs at Central Station. [2]
March 12-18: [Theater], Omaha, NE [5][8]
➤ Tues. March 14: Receives cable from Martin Beck that "changed my whole life's journey." [5]
March 19-25:
March 26-Apr 1:
➤ Sat., April 1: Escapes handcuffs at Omaha police station. [2]

April 2-8: Creighton-Orpheum Theater, Omaha, NE [1][2][7]
Thurs., April 6: Houdini celebrates 25th birthday.
April 9-15: Orpheum Theater, Kansas City, KS (opened Sunday) [1][2]
Mon., April 10: Houdini escapes handcuffs at Central police station. [2]
April 16-22:
April 23-29: Orpheum Theater, Kansas City, KS [1][2]
Fri., April 21: Harry and Bess entertain at Manufactures' Association banquet, Kansas City. [2]

April 30-May 6:
➤ Wed., May 3: Houdini performs handcuff escapes at the City Council Room, Lexington, MO. [2]
May 7-13: Opera House, Lexington, MO [1][2]
➤ Fri., May 12: Escapes handcuffs at Joplin police station. [2]
May 14-20: Pavilion Theater (5th and Joplin St), Joplin, MO [1][2]
May 21-27: Pavilion Theater, Joplin, MO [1][2]
➤ Mon., May 22: Dressing room robbed. Bess jewelry stolen. [2][7]
May 28-June 3:
➤ Fri., June 2: Escapes handcuffs at the Central police station, San Francisco, CA. [2]

June 4-10: Orpheum (O'Farrell St. between Stockton & Powell), San Francisco, CA [2]
June 11-17: Orpheum (O'Farrell St.), San Francisco, CA [2]
June 18-24:
➤ Thurs., June 22: Houdini arrives in Los Angeles, CA [2]
➤ Fri., June 23: Houdini escapes handcuffs at Los Angeles police station. [2]
June 25-July 1: Orpheum Opera House (110 S. Main St.), Los Angeles, CA [2]
➤ Wed., June 28: Houdini escapes "coil" rope tie at First St. police station. [2]

July 2-8: Orpheum Opera House (110 S. Main St.), Los Angeles, CA [1][2]
July 9-15:
✪ ➤ Thurs., July 13: Houdini does handcuff escape at City Hall (Larkin and MacAllister), San Francisco, CA. Possible first nude test. [2]
➤ Sun., July 16: Houdini performs straitjacket escape at receiving hospital, likely inside City Hall. [2]
✪ ➤ [Date?]: Houdini takes first shackled semi-nude photos at the Bushnell Company. [5]
July 16-22: Orpheum (O'Farrell St.), San Francisco, CA [1][2]
July 23-29: Orpheum (O'Farrell St.), San Francisco, CA [1]
➤ Wed., July 26: Houdini misses 5:00 train for Los Angeles. [2]
July 30-Aug 5:

Aug. 6-12:
Aug. 13-19: Masonic Temple Roof Theatre, Chicago, IL [2][7]
Aug. 20-26: Fairmont Park (Orpheum), Kansas City, MO [2][7]
➤ Sun., Aug 20: Houdini fails to escape damaged pair of handcuffs. [2][*]
Aug. 27-Sept. 2: Suburban Garden, St Louis, MO [1][7]
➤ Mon., Aug. 28: Escapes handcuffs at police headquarters. [2]
➤ Fri., Sept. 1: Houdini announces he will jump handcuffed from Eads Bridge. (No evidence he ever did so.) [2][7]

Sept. 3-9: Suburban Gardens, St. Louis, MO [1][2]
Sept. 10-16: Suburban Gardens, St. Louis, MO [1][2]
Sept. 17-23:
Sept. 24-Sept. 30:
➤ Sat., Sept. 30: Escapes handcuffs at Denver police headquarters. [2]

Oct. 1-7: The New Lyceum Theater, Denver, CO [1][7]
➤ Thurs., Oct. 5: Reports that Martin Beck has "signed Houdini to go to Europe." [1][2]
Oct. 8-14:
➤ Sun., Oct. 8: Houdini ends New Lyceum engagement. [2][*]
Oct. 15-21:
➤ Thurs., Oct. 19: Performs at "stag" at Masonic Temple, Chicago, IL. [2][*]
Oct. 22-28: Hopkin's Grand Opera House, Memphis, TN [1]
Oc.t 29-Nov. 4:

Nov. 5-11: Grand Theater, Nashville, TN [2][7]
➤ Mon., Nov. 6: Houdini escapes handcuffs at police station. [2][7]
Nov. 12-18: Grand Theater, Nashville, TN [2][7]
➤ On bill with The Great Lafayette. Houdini gives him dog "Beauty" as gift. [7]
Nov. 19-25:
Nov. 26-Dec 2:

Dec. 3-9:
➤ Thurs., Dec. 7: Escapes handcuffs at Cincinnati police station. [2][7]
Dec. 10-16: Columbia Theater (5th and Walnut), Cincinnati, OH [1][2][7]
➤ Sat., Dec. 16: Houdini signs 3 year contract with Martin Beck. [2]
➤ Sun., Dec. 17: Beck and wife see Houdini perform. [2]
Dec. 17-23: Columbia Theater, Cincinnati, OH [1][2][7]
➤ Leon Hermann plays Cincinnati Grand Opera House this same week. [2]
Dec. 24-30:
➤ Fri., Dec. 29: Escapes handcuffs at Central Police Station, New York, NY. [2][7]

CLICK TO READ ABOUT HOUDINI IN 1899

SOURCES (1899):
[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.
[*] With thanks to Bill Mullins.
✪ Denotes a first or possible first.

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