The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1915

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Last update: 1/22/18
Weeks begin Sunday.

Jan. 3-9: Keith’s Theater, Toledo, OH [1]
Jan. 10-16: Empress Theater, Grand Rapids, MI [1]
Thurs., Jan. 14: Hardeen debuts his Walking Through Brick Wall at Bowdoin Sq. Theater in Boston, MA [2]
Jan 17-23: Temple Theater, Detroit, MI [1][2]
Jan. 24-30: Temple Theater, Rochester, NY [1][2]
Jan. 31-Feb. 6: Orpheum Theater, Montreal, Canada [1]

Feb. 7-13:
Feb. 14-20:
Feb. 20: Variety reports Houdini approached to star in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. [2]
Feb. 21-27: Poli’s Theater, Scranton, PA [1][2]
Feb 28-March 6: Keith's Theater, Providence, RI [1]

March 7-13: Grand Opera House, Pittsburgh, PA [1][2]
March 14-20: Keith’s Theater, Indianapolis, IN [1][2]
Fri., March 19: Beer Challenge from Indianapolis Brewing Co. [2]
March 21-27: Keith’s Theater (Fifth & Walnut St.), Louisville, KY [1][2]
March 28-April 3: Hippodrome Theater, Cleveland, OH [1]

April 4-10: Keith’s Theater, Cincinnati, OH [1][2]
Tues., April 6: Houdini celebrates 41st birthday.
April 11-17: Keith’s Theater, Columbus OH [1][7]
April 18-24: Forsythe Theater, Atlanta, GA [1][2]
April 25-May 1: Maryland Theater, Baltimore, MD [1][2]

May 2-8:
May 9-15:
May 16-22:
May 23-29:
Thurs., May 27: Orpheum workers benefit at Elks Club (144-156 South Oxford St.), New York, NY [2]
May 30-Jun 5:

June 6-12:
June 13-19:
➤ Thurs., June 17: Farewell party for sister Gladys who sets off on 2 year tour of world with (friend?) Birdie Yanker.
June 20-26:
June 27-July 3:
➤ Sun., June 27: Papers report that Houdini and brothers have given estate of their mother ("valued at $200,000") to sister Gladys. [2]

July 4-10:
July 11-17: Hammerstein’s Roof Garden, New York, NY [1]
July 18-24:
➤ Tues., June 22: Wedding anniversary in Atlantic City. [1]
July 25-31: Keith’s Theater, Atlantic City, NJ [1][2]
➤ Wed., July 28: Overboard box from Garden Pier, Atlantic City. [2]

Aug. 1-7: Palace Theater (Broadway & 47th St.), New York, NY [2]
Aug. 8-14: Palace Theater (Broadway & 47th St.), New York, NY [2]
Aug. 15-21: Henderson’s Music Hall, Coney Island, NY [2]
➤ Tues., Aug. 17: Overboard box escape at Ward's Baths, Coney Island. [2]
Aug. 22-28:
Aug. 29-Sep 4:

Sept. 5-11: Orpheum Theater (Baltimore Ave.), Kansas City, KS
✪ ➤ Tues., Sept. 8: Suspended straitjacket escape. Kansas City Post building (20 feet). Likely first suspended straitjacket escape.
Sept. 12-18:
Sept. 19-25:
Sept. 26-Oct. 2: Orpheum Theater, Minneapolis, MN [1][2]
➤ Wed., Sept. 29: Suspended straitjacket escape at 4th St. between Nicollet and Marquette Ave. in Minneapolis (45 feet). [2]

Oct. 3-9: Orpheum Theater (Fort St.), Winnipeg, Canada [2]
Oct. 10-16:
Oct. 17-23: Orpheum Theater (3rd & Madison), Seattle, WA [1][2]
Oct. 24-30: Orpheum Theater, Portland, OR [1]
Oct. 31-Nov. 6:

Nov. 7-13: Orpheum Theater (O'Farrell St. between Stockton & Powell), San Francisco, CA [1][2]
➤ Sat., Nov. 6: Overboard box escape in San Francisco bay. [2]
➤ Sun., Nov. 7: Houdini performs for prisoners at San Quentin.
Nov. 14-20: Orpheum Theater (O'Farrell St.), San Francisco, CA [1][2]
Nov. 21-27: Orpheum Theater (574 12th Street), Oakland, CA [2]
Hardeen plays the Pantages Theater (414 12th Street) in Oakland this same week. [2]
➤ Tues., Nov. 23: Suspended straitjacket escape from First National Bank bldg at Broadway and 14th.
➤ Thurs., Nov. 25: Thanksgiving dinner with Jack and Charmian London, Hardeen, and Alexander Pantages.
Nov. 28-Dec. 4: Orpheum Theater (630 South Broadway), Los Angeles, CA [1][2]
➤ Tues., Nov. 30: Jess Willard encounter.
➤ [Date?]: Houdini does suspended straitjacket escape in downtown Los Angeles.

Dec. 5-11: Orpheum Theater (630 South Broadway), Los Angeles, CA [1][2]
Dec. 12-18:
➤ Mon. Dec. 13: Houdini visits Universal City, filmed and photographed with Christie Girls. [2]
➤ Mon. Dec. 13: Papers report Houdini "will take a run down to San Diego today." [2]
Dec. 19-25: Orpheum Theater (West Second South, near Main), Salt Lake City, UT [1][2]
➤ Film of Houdini's Los Angeles suspended straitjacket escape played during show. [2]
➤ Hardeen plays the Pantages in Salt Lake City this same week. [2]
➤ Wed., Dec. 22: Suspended jacket escape from the Walker Bank Bldg, (2nd South & Main), Salt Lake City. [2]
Dec. 26-Jan 1: Orpheum Theater, Denver, CO [1]
➤ Tues., Dec. 28: Suspended jacket escape from the Denver Post building. [2]

CLICK TO READ ABOUT HOUDINI IN 1915

SOURCES (1915):
[1] Koval, Frank. The Illustrated Houdini Research Diary, Part 4: 1911 to 1915. 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, playbill, program or poster.
[7] Hanosek, Joseph. Houdini!!! in Columbus, Ohio. 2015
✪ Denotes a first or possible first.

1 comment:

  1. ➤ [Date?]: Houdini does suspended straitjacket escape in downtown Los Angeles.

    Hoping someone has a date for this. I'm so surprised I'm unable to turn up any info on this first LA suspended jacket escape.

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