The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1905

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Last update: 2/20/18
Weeks start on Sunday.

Jan. 1-7: Barnard's Theater, Woolwich, UK [1]
➤ Sat., Jan 7: Houdini present for Chung Ling Soo / Ching Ling Foo Challenge. [1]
Jan. 8-14:
Jan. 15-21: Palace Theater, Glasgow, Scotland [1][8]
Jan. 22-28: Palace Theater, Glasgow, Scotland [1]
➤ Mon., Jan. 23: Reports that "thousands rushed the doors" of Palace. [8]
Jan. 29-Feb 4: Barnard’s Palace of Varieties, Chatham, UK [8]

Feb. 5-11: Barnard’s Palace of Varieties, Chatham, UK [9]
➤ [Date?]: Houdini escapes jail cell at Rochester Police Station on Castle Hill. [8][9]
Feb. 12-18: St. George's Hall, Bradford, UK [1][8]
Feb. 19-25: Theater Royal, Stockton, UK [1][8]
Feb. 26-March 4:

March 5-11: Alhambra Theater, Paris, France [1]
March 12-18: Alhambra Theater, Paris, France [1]
March 10-25: Alhambra Theater, Paris, France [1]
March 26-Apr 1: Alhambra Theater, Paris, France [1]

April 2-8: Alexandra Theater, Sheffield, UK. [8]
➤ Thurs., April 6: Houdini celebrates 31st birthday.
April 9-15: King's Theater, Cardiff, UK [1][8]
➤ Mon., April 10: Houdini (in disguise) causes mayhem at Stoll's Empire trying to challange Frank Hilbert. Dash, Bess, and Gladys present in fracas. [4][8]
➤ Fri., April 14: Houdini's assault complaint against manager of Stoll's Empire heard and dismissed.
April 16-22: Lyceum Theater, Newport, UK [1][8]
➤ [Date?]: Houdini and Hilbert agree to jail breaking contest. Hilbert doesn't show. Houdini breaks jail solo. [8]
April 23-29: Hippodrome, Eastbourne, UK [8]
➤ Wed., April 26: Escapes jail at police station. [8]
April 30-May 6: Empire Theater, Oldham, UK [1][8]

May 7-13: Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, UK [some reports have Houdini at the Empire Palace of Varieties on these same dates] [8]
May 14-20: Pavilion Theatre, Leicester, UK [8]
➤ May 16: Houdini's brother Bill Weiss causes disturbance in Harlem NY challenging escape artist Cunning.
May 21-27: Avenue Theater, Sunderland, UK [1][8]
➤ Mon., May 22: Escapes jail at West Wear Street police station. [8]
May 28-June 3: Argyle Theatre of Varieties, Birkenhead, UK [8]
➤ "Introduces" his The Prison Cell & Barrel Mystery. (First presented in 1904.)

June 4-10: Hippodrome, Wigan, UK [8][9]
June 11-17: Hippodrome (King and Church Street), Blackpool, UK - "Monstre Whitsuntide Attractions" [1][8][*]
➤ Mon., June 12: Escape from jail at South King street police station. [2][8]
➤ Sat., June 17: Henry Evanion dies in London. Houdini pays for funeral. [8]
June 18-24: Hippodrome Theater, Hastings, UK [1][2][8]
June 25-July 1: Gaiety Theater, Leith, Scotland [1][8]
➤ Houdini rents storefront next door to Moss's Empire in Edinburgh where Franz Kukol and Jim Vickery expose Frank Hilbert's act "every half hour."

July 2-8: Gaiety Theater, Leith, Scotland [1][8]
➤ Sat., July 8: Houdini moved to tears as closing night crowd carries him to train station signing "And when you go, will you no come back?" [8]
July 9-15:
July 16-22:
➤ Thus., July 20: Houdini sails for America aboard the Kronprinz Wilhelm. [8]
July 23-29:
July 30-Aug 5:

Aug. 6-12:
Aug. 13-19:
Aug. 20-26:
➤ Sun., Aug. 20 Papers report Houdini "who returned from Europe 3 weeks ago" will rest until Oct. 1.
Aug. 27-Sep 2:

[Some sources show Houdini in Ballymena and Newry, Northern Ireland on Aug. 25 and Sept. 11, but these are almost certainly imitators as Houdini was back in U.S. at this time.]

Sept. 3-9:
Sept. 10-16:
➤ Tues., Sept. 12: Hardeen causes "small riot" and is arrested while trying to challenge Cunning at Hyde & Behman's. Some accounts say Houdini present. [2]
Sept. 17-23:
➤ Wed., Sept. 20: Houdini vs. Boudini underwater contest off Battery Park. [2]
Sept. 24-30:

Oct. 1-7: Colonial Theater, New York, NY [1][2]
Oct. 8-14: Colonial Theater, New York, NY [1][2]
Oct. 15-21: Orpheum Theater, Brooklyn, NY [1][2]
Oct. 22-28: Orpheum Theater, Brooklyn, NY [1][2]
Oct. 29-Nov 4: Alhambra Theater, New York, NY [2]

Nov. 5-11: Alhambra Theater, New York, NY [2]
Nov. 12-18: Grand Opera House, Pittsburg, PA [2]
Nov. 19-25: Temple Theater, Detroit, MI [1][2]
Nov. 26-Dec 2: Keith's Theater, Cleveland, OH [1]

Dec. 3-9: Cook Opera House, Rochester, NY [1][2]
➤ Mon., Dec. 4: Houdini escapes handcuffs and jail cell at Rochester police headquarters. [6]
Dec. 10-16: Shea's Theater, Buffalo, NY [1][2]
Dec. 17-23:
Dec. 24-30: Keith’s Maryland Theater, Baltimore, MD [2]
➤ Tues., Dec. 26: Houdini escapes handcuffs and jail cell at Baltimore police station. [2]


SOURCES (1905):
[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 item.
[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 Tribute Website, Houdini UK Tours.
[*] Thanks to Karl Bartoni for the accurate street information.
✪ Denotes a first or possible first.

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