The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1911

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Last update: 2/11/18
Weeks start on Sunday.

Jan. 1-7: Hippodrome Theater, Bolton, UK [1][8]
Jan. 8-14: Empire Theater, Nottingham, UK [1][8]
Jan. 15-21: Empire Theater, Birmingham, UK [1][8]
Jan. 22-28: Empire Theater, Bradford, UK [1][8]
Jan. 30-Feb. 4: Palace Theater, Hull, UK [1][8]

Feb. 5-11: Empire Theater, Leeds, UK [1][8]
➤ Thurs., Feb. 9: Tetley Beer Challenge - Houdini overcome by fumes. [6][8]
Feb. 13-18: Barnard’s Palace Theater, Chatham, UK [1][8]
➤ Houdini tied to a cannon challange in Chatham. [8][10]
Feb. 19-25: [Theater?], Rochester, UK [8]
➤ Houdini photographed with police chief in Castle Gardens. Jail break here? [8]
Feb. 26-Mar 4:

March 5-11: Empire Palace, Sheffield, UK [8]
✪ ➤ Houdini performs the Double Fold Death Defying Mystery during this engagement. First?
March 12-18: Empire Theater (Queen Street), Cardiff, UK [1][8]
➤ Houdini shows film of his Australian flights during act. [8]
➤ Houdini visits Charles O. Williams about the construction of the Water Torture Cell.
March 19-25:
March 26-April 1: Hippodrome Theater, Southend-on-sea, UK [1][8]

April 2-8: Palace Theater, Huddersfield, UK [1][8]
➤ Thrus., April 6: Houdini celebrates 37th birthday. Photographed with (new?) dog "Bobby." [8]
April 11-15: Hippodrome, Portsmouth, UK [8]
April 16-22: Palace Theater, Burnley, UK [1]
➤ Fri., April 21: Bess writes to Hardeen: "Harry is worked to death, he looks so old, he is quite gray." [3][5]
April 23-29: Hippodrome Theater, Southhampton, UK [1][8]
➤ Sat., April 29: One-time performance of playlet Challenged or Houdini’s upside down to copyright Water Torture Cell. [1]
April 30-May 6: Empire, Swansea, UK [8]
➤ Sun., April 30: The Great Lafayette killed in theater fire in Edinburgh.

May 7-13: Empire, Hackney, UK [8]
May 14-20: Empire, Finsbury Park, London, UK [8]
➤ Sun., May 14: Houdini sends crew to film funeral of The Great Lafayette.
✪ ➤ Fri., May 19: Houdini does a double packing box escape (box within a box).
May 21-27: New Cross Empire, London, UK [1][8]
➤ Sat., May 27: Houdini elected president of The Magicians Club in Inaugural Meeting at the Crown Room of the Holborn Restaurant, London. [8]
May 28-June 3: Palace Theater, Halifax, UK [1][8]
➤ Houdini photographed with dog Bobby, Dash, and Harry Hardeen, Jr. in front of Palace theater. [8]
➤ Houdini does underwater escape at Whitegate canal lock at Siddal. [8]

June 4-10: Empire, Shepherd’s Bush, London, UK [1][8]
June 11-17:
➤ Tues., June 13: Houdini sails for New York City on the Kronprinzessin Cecilie. [1]
June 18-24:
➤ Tues., June 20: Houdini arrives in New York City. [1]
June 25-Jul 1:

July 2-8:
July 9-15:
July 16-22:
July 23-29:
July 30-Aug. 5:

Aug. 6-12:
Aug. 13-19: Houdini attends Chicago International Aviation Meet in Grant Park, IL. [3]
➤ Houdini jumps shackled from airplane 50 ft into Lake Michigan. [3]
➤ Houdini meets Orville Wright. [3]
Aug. 20-26:
Aug. 27-Sept. 2:

Sept. 3-9: Orpheum Theater, Montreal, Canada [1]-no secondly verification
Sept. 10-16:
➤ Tues., Sept. 12: Houdini jumps from upper deck of Steamer Warwick into Providence river. [1]-no secondly verification
Sept. 17-23: Keith’s Theater, Boston MA [1]
Sept. 24-30: Keith’s Theater, Boston MA [1][2]
✪ ➤ Sept. 26: Sea Monster challenge at Keith's Boston. [2]

Oct. 1-7: Keith & Proctors 5th Avenue Theater (Broadway and 28th), New York, NY [1][2]
Oct. 8-14: Grand Theater, Syracuse, NY [1]
Oct. 15-21: Shea's Theater, Buffalo, NY [1][2]
➤ Tues., Oct. 17: Papers note Houdini no longer doing "the old, worn-out handcuff" act. Mention of Double Fold Mystery. [2]
➤ Wed., Oct. 18: Houdini escape seaman's bag challenge. "Swoons" after escape. [2]
Oct. 22-28: [Theater?], Toronto, Canada [1][5]
Oct. 29-Nov. 4: Temple Theater, Detroit, MI [1][2]
➤ Tues., Oct. 31: Houdini performs "Halloween exhibition" at offices of The Free Press.
➤ Wed., Nov. 1: Houdini does full body straitjacket escape. Houdini writes this is the escape that ruptured a blood vessel in his kidney. [2][5]

Nov. 5-11: Temple Theater, Rochester, New York, NY [1][2]
Nov. 12-18: Grand Opera House, Pittsburgh, PA [1][2]
➤ Wed., Nov. 15: Houdini finally goes to Mercy Hospital for broken blood vessel. Doctors convince him to rest. [3]
Nov. 19-25: Toledo, OH engagement this week cancelled.
➤ Mon., Nov. 20: Houdini writes to Will Goldstone. "I am taking a vacation laying on the broad of my back and doing some thinking." [5][9]
Nov. 26-Dec. 2:

Dec. 3-9: B.F. Keith's Theater, Columbus, OH [1][10]
➤ Houdini drops straitjacket escape on doctor's orders. Temporarily brings back handcuff escapes. [11]
➤ Fri., Dec. 8: Delaware County Daily Times reports Houdini does a show called "A Night With the Spirits" at Masonic Hall in Prospect Park, PA. [2]
Dec. 10-16: B.F. Keith's Theater, Cincinnati, OH [1][2]
Dec. 17-23: B.F. Keith's Theater, Louisville, KY [1][2]
➤ Fri., Dec. 22: Houdini escape from a nailed piano box.
Dec. 24-30: B.F. Keith's Theater, Indianapolis, IN [1][2]
➤ Wed., Dec. 27: Escapes Milk Can filled with Liber's Special Brew. [2]


SOURCES (1911):
[1] Koval, Frank. The Illustrated Houdini Research Diary, Part 4: 1911 to 1916. 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 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] Gresham, William Lindsay. Houdini: The Man Who Walked Through Walls. New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1959.
[10] Hanosek, Joseph. Houdini!!! in Columbus, Ohio. Joseph Hanosek: 2015.
[11] Kalush, William, and Larry Sloman. The Secret Life of Houdini. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006.
✪ Denotes a first or possible first.

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