The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1909

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Last update: 2/7/18
Weeks start on Sunday.

Dec. 27-Jan. 2: Paragon Theater, London, UK [1][8]
Jan. 3-9: Palace Theater, East Hampton, UK [1][8]
Jan. 10-16: Pavillion Music Hall, Liverpool, UK [1][8]
Jan. 17-23: Regent Theater, Salford, UK [1][8]
Jan. 24-30: Royal Hippodrome Theater, Belfast, Northern Ireland [1][8]
➤ Houdini escapes from packing box made from timber being used in construction of Titanic.
Jan. 31- Feb. 6: Palace Theater, Glasgow, Scotland [1][8]

Feb. 7-13: Palace Theater, Glasgow, Scotland [1][8]
Feb. 14-20: Hulme Hippodrome, Manchester, UK [8]
Feb. 21-27: Empire a.k.a Tameside Hippodrome, Ashton–under–Lyne, UK [1][8][9]
Feb. 28-March 6: Hippodrome, Preston, UK [1][8]

March 7-13: Empire Theater, Bristol, UK [1][8]
➤ Sat., March 13: Houdini visits M De Verli in Brussells. Purchases oil paintings and tricks.
March 14-20: Pavillion Theater, Newcastle, UK [1][8]
March 21-27: Pavillion Theater, Newcastle, UK [9]
March 28-April 3:

April 4-10: Barrasford’s Alhambra Theater, Paris, France [1]
➤ Tues., April 6: Houdini celebrates 35th birthday.
➤ Wed., April 7: Houdini jumps handcuffed into Seine from roof of Paris morgue.
➤ Houdini likely films Merveilleux Exploits du Célébre Houdini à Paris for Cinema Lux at this time.
April 11-17: Barrasford's Alhambra Theater, Paris, France [1]
April 18-24: Barrasford's Alhambra Theater, Paris, France [1]
April 25- May 1: Barrasford's Alhambra Theater, Paris, France [1]

May 2-8: Hippodrome, Blackburn, UK [8]
May 9-15: Pavilion, Newcastle, UK [8]
May 16-22: Metropolitan Theater, London, UK [1][8]
✪ ➤ Mon., May 17: Merveilleux Exploits du Célébre Houdini à Paris is released by Cinema Lux. Houdini's first movie. [10]
May 23-29: Hippodrome Theater, Portsmouth, UK [1][8]
May 30-June 5: Palace Theater, Chelsea, UK [1][8]
➤ Houdini meets with Harry Rickards about tour of Australia.

June 6-12: Hippodrome, Leeds, UK [1][8]
June 13-19: Empire Theater, Wolverhampton, UK [1][8]
June 20-25: King's and Hippodrome Theater, Dundee, UK [1][8]
➤ Sun., June 20: Jumps handcuffs from bridge into Dundee Dock [8]
➤ Thurs., June 23: Jumps handcuffed from steamer ship Marchioness of Bute into the River Tay [8]
June 26-July 3: Palace Theater, Aberdeen, UK [1][8]
➤ Thurs., June 30: Houdini dives from tug John McConnachie into the harbor at Aberdeen. [8]
➤ Houdini photographed at the grave of John Anderson, the "Wizard of the North", while in Aberdeen. [8]

July 4-10: Hippodrome, Brighton, UK [1][8]
➤ Houdini does high dive from Brighton Pier.
July 11-17: Tivoli Theater, Leeds, UK [9]
July 18-24: Palace Theater, Manchester, UK [1][8]
July 25-31: Barrasfords Hippodrome, Sheffield, UK [8]
➤ Wed., July 28: Houdini's dog Charlie dies.

During the summer Houdini brings both Mrs. Weiss and Mrs. Rahner to Europe for two months. Exact dates unknown, but they see him perform in Plymouth. [Photo]

Aug. 1-7: Hippodrome, Nottingham, UK [1][8]
Aug. 8-14:
Aug. 15-21: Palace Theater, Plymouth, UK [1][8]
➤ Tues., Aug. 17: Houdini jumps handcuffed from the Stonehouse Halfpenny Bridge, Plymouth. [8]
Aug. 22-28:
➤ Houdini attends week long International Air Meet in Reims, France. Sparks interest in aviation. [3]
Aug. 29-Sept. 4: Empire Theater, Kilburn, UK [1][8]

Sept. 5-11:
Sept. 12-18: Hippodrome, Willesden, UK [1][8]
Sept. 19-25: Palace Theater, South London, UK [1][8]
Sept. 26-Oct. 2:

Oct. 3-9: Coliseum Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland [8]
Oct. 10-16: Palace Theater, Oldham, Scotland [8]
Oct. 17-23: Coliseum Theater, Glasgow, Scotland [1][8]
➤ Fri., Oct. 22: Houdini Night, Glasgow Coliseum (Iron Maiden challenge)
Oct. 22-30:
Oct. 31-Nov. 6: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany [1]
➤ Sun., Oct. 31: Photograph taken of Houdini and luggage at Charing Cross station, London.
➤ Wed., Nov. 3: Houdini witnesses pilot recover from crash in a French Voisin biplane at Aviation Week in Hamburg. He buys a Voisin a short time later for $5000. [3][4]

Nov. 7-13: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany [1]
➤ In November Houdini has infected boil on his derriere lanced by Dr. Kolm. "Ought to have it attended to long ago. Glad it's over." [7]
Nov. 14-20: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany [1]
Nov. 21-27: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany [1]
✪ ➤ Fri., Nov. 26: Houdini makes first successful flight in his Voisin at Hufaren parade grounds, Wandsbek. [4]
Nov. 28-Dec 4: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany [1]

Dec. 5-11: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany [1]
Dec. 12-18: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany [1]
Dec .19-25: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany [1]
Dec. 26-Jan. 1: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany [1]


SOURCES (1909):
[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] Houdini diary entry.
[8] Tait, Derek. The Great Houdini: His British Tours. Barnsley: Pen & Sword Books, 2017.
[9] David De-Val Escapology Website, Houdini UK Tours.
[10] 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.

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