The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1901

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Last update: 1/28/18
Weeks begin on Sunday.

Dec. 30-Jan. 5: Alhambra Theater, London, UK [1][9]
Jan 6-12: Alhambra Theater, London, UK [1][9]
Jan. 13-19: Alhambra Theater, London, UK [1][9]
Jan. 20-26: Alhambra Theater, London, UK [1][9]
Jan. 27-Feb. 2: Alhambra Theater, London, UK [1][8][9]

Feb. 3-9: People's Palace, Bradford, UK [1][6][8][9]
Houdini issues $5000 Challenge to anyone who could duplicate his escapes under test conditions. [6]
Feb. 10-16:
Feb. 17-23: Crystal Palast, (Krystallpalast), Leipzig, Germany [1]
Feb. 24-March 2: Crystal Palast (Krystallpalast), Leipzig, Germany [1]

March 3-9: Apollo Theater, Dusseldorf, Germany [1]
March 10-16: Apollo Theater, Dusseldorf, Germany [1]
March 17-23: Frankfurt on Main, Germany [1][6]
March 24-30: Frankfurt on Main, Germany [1][6]

March 31-April 6: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany [1][6]
➤ Sat., April 6: Houdini celebrates 27th birthday.
April 7-13: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany [1][6]
April 14-20: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany [1][6]
April 21-27: Hansa Theater, Hamburg , Germany [1][6]
✪ Fri., April 26: Houdini writes first column for New York Dramatic Mirror (published May 18). [7]
April 28-May 4: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany [1][6]
[Date?]: Houdini and Mama travel to Budapest for "two ecstatically happy days." [3]

May 5-11: Colosseum, Essen Ruhr, Germany [1]
[Date?] Krupp Steel Works super cuffs challenge.
May 12-18: Colosseum, Essen Ruhr, Germany [1]
May 19-25: Colosseum, Essen Ruhr, Germany [1]
May 26-June 1: Colosseum, Essen Ruhr, Germany [1]

June 2-8: Salamander Theater, Elberfeld, Germany [6]
June 9-15: Salamander Theater, Elberfeld, Germany [6]
June 16-22: Corty-Althoff Circus, Dortmund, Germany [6]
Sat., June 22: Harry & Bess 7th anniversary. "Wedding Day"?
June 23-29: Corty-Althoff Circus, Dortmund, Germany [6]

June 30-July 6: Corty-Althoff Circus, Dortmund, Germany [6]
July 7-13: Althoff Circus, Bochum, Germany [6]
July 14-20: Althoff Circus, Osnabruck, Germany [6]
July 21-27: Althoff Circus, Cologne, Germany [6]
Thurs., July 25: Werner Graff article appears in Rheinische Zeitung claiming Houdini a fraud.
July 28-Aug 3:

Aug. 4-10: (It's possible Houdini played with the Corty-Althoff Circus throughout August.)
Aug. 11-17:
Aug. 18-24:
Aug. 25-31:

Sept. 1-7: Ticheys Theater, Prague, Bohemia [1][7]
Sept. 8-14: Ticheys Theater, Prague, Bohemia [1][7]
Sept. 15-21: Mellini Theater, Hanover, Germany [1][6]
Tues., Sept. 17: Challenge straitjacket escape takes over an hour. [6]
Sept. 22-28: Mellini Theater, Hanover, Germany [1][6]
➤ Mon., Sept 23: Houdini writes Will codicil leaving savings in Deutsches Bank, Berlin (Maurer Strasse 32) to Bess and Hardeen.
Sept. 29-Oct. 5: Scala Theater, Copenhagen, Denmark [1][6]

Oct. 6-12: Scala Theater, Copenhagen, Denmark [1][6]
Oct. 13-19: Saalbau Theater, Copenhagen, Denmark [1][6]
Oct. 20-26: Saalbau Theater, Mannheim, Germany [1][6]
Oct. 27-Nov. 2: Circus Carre, Bremen, Germany [1]

Nov. 3-9: Circus Carre, Bremen, Germany [1]
Nov. 10-16: Circus Carre, Bremen, Germany [1]
Nov. 17-23: Circus Carre, Bremen, Germany [1]
Nov. 24-Nov. 30: Olympia Theater, Paris, France [1]
Fri., Nov. 29: Opens at Olympia, first appearance in Paris.

Dec. 1-7: Olympia Theater, Paris, France [1]
Dec. 8-14: Olympia Theater, Paris, France [1]
Dec. 15-21: Olympia Theater, Paris, France [1]
Sun., Dec. 15: Houdini and Hardeen pose for photos at Rue Drouoi JLavier in Paris
Dec. 22-28: Olympia Theater, Paris, France [1]
Dec. 29-Jan 4: Olympia Theater, Paris, France [1]

SOURCES (1901):
[1] Koval, Frank. The Illustrated Houdini Research Diary, Part 2: 1900 to 1905. 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] Houdini, Harry. New York Dramatic Mirror column 1900-1905
[8] Tait, Derek. The Great Houdini: His British Tours. Barnsley: Pen & Sword Books, 2017.
[9] David De-Val Escapology Website, Houdini UK Tours.
✪ Denotes a first or possible first.

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