The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1906

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Last update: 2/6/18
Weeks start on Sunday.

Dec. 31-Jan. 6: Chase's Theater (1424 Pennsylvania Ave.), Washington D.C. [1][2]
➤ Tues., Jan. 1: Houdini escapes jail at 10th Precinct station (cell No. 3).
➤ Sat., Jan. 6: Houdini escapes Charles J. Guiteau cell at United States Jail.
Jan. 7-13: Keith's Theater, Philadelphia, PA [2]
Jan. 14-20: Keith's Theater, Philadelphia , PA [1][2]
Jan. 21-27: Keith's Theater, Philadelphia , PA [2]
➤ Jan. 25: Wolf cuffs challenge
Jan. 28-Feb. 3: Keith's 14th St. Theater, New York, NY [1][2]

Feb. 4-10: Keith's 14th St. Theater, New York, NY [2]
Feb. 11-17:
Feb. 18-24: Keith's Theater, Providence, RI [1]
Feb. 25-March 3: Keith's Theater, Boston MA [1]
➤ Short film Houdini Defeats Hackenschmidt is shown at Keith's during this Boston engagement. Nature of this movie is unknown. [7]

March 4-10: Keith's Theater, Boston MA [1][2]
March 11-17: Keith's Theater, Boston MA [1][2]
March 18-24: Keith's Theater, Boston MA [1][2]
➤ Mon., March 19: Houdini escapes Boston Tombs (Somerset Street).
March 25-March 3: Keith's Theater, Boston MA [1]
➤ Sun., March 25: Lecture performance at Boston Athletic Club. [1][4]
✪ ➤ Around this time Houdini publishes his first book, The Right Way to Do Wrong.

April 1-7: Keith's Theater, Boston MA [1]
➤ Fri., April 6: Houdini celebrates 32nd birthday. Receives Tiffany pocket watch from B.F. Keith's.
April 8-14: Keith's Theater, Boston MA [1]
April 15-18 (split week): Salem Theater, Salem, MA - Houdini Roadshow [1][4]
➤ [Date?]: Jail escape at 15 Front Street police station, Salem.
➤ April 18: The great San Fransisco earthquake and fire.
April 19-21 (split week): Hartford Opera House, Hartford CT - Houdini Roadshow [2][4]
April 22-28: Blaney's Theater, Newark, NJ [1]
April 29-May 5: Auditorium, Baltimore, MD - Houdini Roadshow [1][2][4]

May 6-12 American Theater (42nd & 8th), New York, NY - Houdini Roadshow [1][2][4]
May 13-19: West End Theater (125th St. near 8th Ave.), New York, NY - Houdini Roadshow [2][4]
May 20-26:
May 27-Jun 2:

June 3-9:
June 10-16:
June 17-23:
June 24-30:

July 1-7:
July 8-14:
July 15-21:
July 22-28:
July 29-Aug. 4:

Aug. 5-11:
Aug. 12-18:
Aug. 19-25:
Aug. 26-Sept. 1:

Sept. 2-8: Keith & Proctor's Union Square, New York, NY [2]
➤ Thurs., Sept. 6: Jail escape at Yorkville police court (watched through peephole). [2]
Sept. 9-15: Keith & Proctor's Union Square, New York, NY [2]
✪ ➤ Sept. 15: First issue of Conjurers' Monthly Magazine released.
Sept. 16-22: Chase's Theater, Washington, D.C. [1][2]
Sept, 23-29: Chase's Theater, Washington, D.C. [2]
Sept. 30-Oct. 6: Grand Theater, Pittsburg, PA [1][2]

Oct. 7-13: Grand Theater, Pittsburg, PA [2]
Oct. 14-20: Columbia Orpheum Theater, Cincinnati, OH [1][2]
➤ Mon., Oct. 15: Conjurers' Monthly Magazine Vol. 1, No. 2.
Oct. 21-27: Columbia Orpheum Theater, Cincinnati, OH [1]
Oct. 28-Nov 3: Shea's Theater, Buffalo, NY [2]

Nov. 4-10:
Nov. 11-17: Majestic Theater, Chicago, IL [2]
➤ Nov. 15: Conjurers' Monthly Magazine Vol. 1, No. 3.
Nov. 18-24: Majestic Theater, Chicago, IL [1]
Nov. 25-Dec 1: Temple Theater, Detroit, MI [1][2]
➤ Mon., Nov. 26: Houdini struggles for hour and a half in rigged cuffs. Bess leaves stage in tears. [4]
➤ Tues., Nov. 27: Belle Isla Bridge jump.

Dec. 2-8: Cook Opera House, Rochester, NY [2]
Dec. 8-15: Valentine Theater, Toledo, OH [1]
➤ Dec. 15: Conjurers' Monthly Magazine Vol. 1, No. 4.
Dec. 16-22: Keith's New Theater, Philadelphia, PA [2]
Dec. 23-Dec 29: Keith's New Theater, Philadelphia, PA [1]
Dec. 30- Jan. 5: Keith's New Theater, Philadelphia, PA [2]


SOURCES (1906):
[1] Koval, Frank. The Illustrated Houdini Research Diary, Part 3: 1906 to 1910. Chadderton: 1992.
[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] Solomon, Matthew. Disappearing Tricks: Silent Film, Houdini, and the New Magic of the Twentieth Century. Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 2010.
✪ Denotes a first or possible first.

2 comments:

  1. That November 26 rigged cuff escape smells like the Mirror Challenge. Harry wasn't stupid enough to attempt escapes from cuffs rigged not to open. All challenge cuffs had to be in good working order. The challenge handcuff act was nearing the end of its tenure in 1906 and HH milked it to the last with a 90 minute wait time.

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    1. This one sounds like a legit struggle. Read about it in Christopher page 100 (paperback). To my surprise, I've found a few accounts like this in which HH goes ahead with an escape even though he knows the cuffs have been rigged against him. He notifies the audience of the fact, then says he'll try anyway. Maybe a set up. Or it could be he developed ways of dealing with these cuffs. It seems he never wanted to refuse cuffs, and accepting an unfair challenge was all the more dramatic.

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