The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1912

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Last update: 2/19/18
Weeks start on Sunday.

Dec. 31-Jan. 6: Forsythe Theater, Atlanta, GA [2]
Jan. 7-13: Keith's Theater, Philadelphia, PA [1][2]
➤ Sat., Jan. 13: Houdini challenged to escape paper bag by H.L. Wilson's Sons Co. [2]
Jan. 14-20: Keith's Theater, Philadelphia, PA [1][2]
Jan. 21-27:
Jan. 28-Feb. 3: Hammerstein's Victoria Theater (42nd and Broadway), New York, NY [1][2]

Feb. 4-10: Maryland Theater, Baltimore, MD [1][2]
Feb. 11-17: Gayety Theater, Washington D.C. The Bowery Burlesquers [2]
➤ Wed., Feb. 14: Houdini performs magic at National Press Club. [2]
➤ Sat., Feb. 17: Houdini escape Spanish Inquisition irons from War Museum. [2]
✪ ➤ Papers relate story of Houdini under the ice of Belle Isle bridge in Detroit, saying it took place Christmas day 1906. First appearance of this story? [2]
Feb. 18-24: Trent Theater, Trenton, NJ [2]
➤ Thurs., Feb. 22: Trent Theater offers Orpheum $500 to retain Houdini another week.
Feb. 25-March 2: Orpheum (Wilmar & Vincent), Harrisburg, PA [2]

March 3-9: Colonial Theater, Norfolk, VA [1][4]
➤ Houdini accepts Navy deepsea Diving Suit challenge. [4]
March 10-16: Trent Theater, Trenton, NJ [2]
➤ Wed., March 13: Jump into canal off State St. canceled due to "conditions not being favorable." [2]
March 17-23: Proctor's park palace, Newark, NJ [1]
March 24-30: Bushwick Theater (Broadway & Madison), Brooklyn, NY [1][2]
March 31-April 6: Bronx Theater (149th St & 3rd Ave.), New York, NY [1][2]
➤ Wed., April 3: Police prevent leap off Willis Avenue bridge into Harlem River. Houdini jumps from a row boat instead. Escaped filmed. [1]
➤ Fri., April 6: Houdini celebrates 38th birthday.

April 7-13: Greenpoint Theater, Brooklyn, NY [1][2]
April 14-20:
April 21-27: Majestic Theater, Chicago, IL [1][2]
April 28-May 4: Majestic Theater, Milwaukee, WI [1]
➤ In April the Society of American Magicians (S.A.M.) makes Houdini an honorary member. [4]

May 5-11:
May 12-18:
May 19-25:
May 26-June 1:

June 2-8:
June 9-15:
June 16-22:
June 23-29:
June 30-July 6: Hammerstein's Roof Garden, New York, NY [1][2][7]
✪ ➤ Houdini asks to be paid week's salary in gold coins so he can poor into mother's lap. [4]

July 7-13: Hammerstein's Roof Garden, New York, NY [1][7]
✪ ➤ July 7: Houdini does first overboard box escape off Governor's Island, New York, NY. [2]
➤ Fri., July 12: Houdini escapes from Chinese "punishment frame." [2]
July 14-20: Hammerstein's Roof Garden, New York, NY [1][2]
July 21-27: Hammerstein's Roof Garden, New York, NY [1][2]
➤ Mon., July 22: Houdini escapes from ropes at highest point of Heildelberg Building in Time Sq. Escape is filmed. Police prevent second escape from fire escape at Hammerstein's Victoria. [1][2][4]
July 28-Aug. 3: Hammerstein's Roof Garden, New York, NY [1]

Aug. 4-10: Hammerstein's Roof Garden, New York, NY [1]
Aug. 11-17: Hammerstein's Roof Garden, New York, NY [1][2]
Aug. 18-24:
➤ Wed., Aug. 21: Performs at private garden party at estate of Belmonts, Newport, R.I. Does magic, Needles, metamorphosis, Double Fold Mystery, handcuffs, and overboard box. [2]
Aug. 25-31:
➤ Tues., Aug. 27: Houdini departs for England aboard the Kaiser Wilhelm II. [1][2]

Sept. 1-7:
➤ Mon., Sept. 2: Houdini arrives in Plymouth, England. [1]
Sept. 8-14: Circus Busch, Berlin, Germany [7]
Sept. 15-21: Circus Busch, Berlin, Germany [1]
✪ ➤ Fri., Sept., 21: Houdini debuts the Water Torture Cell (Wasserfolterzelle). [3]
Sept. 22-28: Circus Busch, Berlin, Germany [1]
➤ Fri., Sept. 27: Houdini writes to Will Goldston: "The new stunt I am doing is a marvelous success, and is without a doubt the greatest spectacular thing ever witnessed on the stage." [4][5]
Sept. 29-Oct. 5:

Oct. 6-12: Circus Busch, Berlin, Germany [1]
Oct. 13-19: Circus Busch, Berlin, Germany [1]
Oct. 20-26: Circus Busch, Berlin, Germany [1]
Oct. 27-Nov. 2: Circus Busch, Berlin, Germany [1]
➤ Thurs., Oct. 31: Closes at Circus Busch. [1]

Nov. 3-9: Circus Corty-Althoff, Bremen, Germany [1]
Nov. 10-16: Circus Corty-Althoff, Bremen, Germany [1]
Nov. 17-23:
Nov. 24-30:
➤ During November Houdini takes legal action against Miss Undina for doing Water Torture Cell. [3]
➤ Thurs., Nov. 28: Houdini contracts Wanna Timm to perform Water Torture Cell as "Miss Trixy." [3]

Dec. 1-7:
Dec. 8-14:
Dec. 15-21: Cirque Menagerie Hagenbeck, Brussels [1]
Dec. 22-28:
Dec. 20-Jan. 4:


SOURCES (1912):
[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.
✪ Denotes a first or possible first.

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