The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1917

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Last update: 2/3/18
Weeks start on Sunday.

Dec. 31-Jan. 6: Keith's Theater, Philadelphia, PA [1][2]
➤ Mon., Jan. 1: Three shows for New Year opening day. [2]
Jan. 7-13: Orpheum Theater, Brooklyn, NY [1][2]
➤ Fri., Jan. 12: Papers report that Houdini pays for Bernhardt stature.
Jan. 14-20:
Jan. 21-27:
➤ Sun., Jan. 21: Hardeen announces retirement. [2]
Jan. 28-Feb. 3: Alhambra Theater, New York, NY [1]

Feb. 4-10:
Feb. 11-17: Keith's Theater, Washington, D.C. [1][2]
➤ Tues., Feb. 13: Plans for suspended straitjacket escape from Corcoran bldg on F St. cancelled because building deemed "unsafe for such a purpose." [2]
Feb. 18-24: Maryland Theater, Baltimore, MD [1][2]
Feb. 25-Mar 3: Keith’s Theater, Boston, MA [1][2]
➤ Tues., Feb. 27: Suspended straitjacket at B.F. Keith’s Building, Tremont St. Boston, 100 ft. [1]
➤ Fri., March 2: Houdini performs at "second stag smoker", Lexington Athletic Association, Lexington Town Hall. [2]

March 4-10: Keith’s Theater, Providence, RI [1]
➤ Wed., March 7: Suspended straitjacket escape at Brownell Building at Exchange Place, Providence, RI [1]
March 11-17:
March 18-24:
March 25-31

April 1-7
➤ Thurs., April 5: Leopold Weiss marries Sadie Glantz.
➤ Fri., April 6: Houdini celebrates 43rd birthday.
➤ Fri., April 6: United States Congress declares war on Germany.
April 8-14
➤ Thurs., April 12: Papers report Houdini signed to appear in sub-sea movie. [1][2]
April 15-21:
April 22-28:
April 29-May 5

May 8-12:
May 13-19:
May 20-26:
May 27-June 2:
✪ ➤ Sat., June 2: Houdini elected president of the Society of American Magicians (S.A.M.).

June 3-9:
June 10-16:
June 17-23:
➤ Fri., June 22: Harry and Bess celebrate 23rd anniversary in Coney Island. [5]
June 24-30:
➤ Sat., June 30: Houdini files patent for diving suit. [1][5]

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

Aug. 5-11: Keith's Theater, Atlantic City, NJ [1]
Aug. 12-18: Keith's Theater, Atlantic City, NJ [1]
➤ Sun. Aug. 17: Life Guards Challenge Houdini: Bound to 7ft plank. [6]
Aug. 19-25:
Aug. 26-Sep 1:

Sept. 2-8:
Sept. 9-15:
Sept. 16-22:
➤ Sun., Sept. 16: Houdini performs at Army Athletic Fund Show at Hippodrome, New York, NY. [2]
➤ Sun., Sept. 22: Papers announce Houdini will forgo vaudeville tour to devote his time to "war work." [2]
Sept. 23-29:
➤ Sun., Sept. 23: Houdini performs at benefit for 71st Regiment at Hippodrome, New York, NY. [2]
Sept. 30-Oct. 6:

Oct. 7-13:
Oct. 14-20:
Oct. 21-27:
Oct. 28-Nov 3:
➤ Mon., Oct. 28: Houdini performs at The Sun Tobacco Fund Show at Hippodrome, New York, NY [2]
➤ Fri., Nov. 2: Houdini at benefit concert for Union Country Soldiers, Armory, Elizabeth, NJ. [2]

Nov. 4-10:
➤ Mon., Nov. 5: Suspended straitjacket escape in Times Square. [2]
Nov. 11-17:
➤ Sun., Nov. 11: Houdini hosts Benefit for Victims of the Antilles disaster at Hippodrome, New York, NY. [1]
Nov. 18-24:
Nov. 25-Dec 1: Hero Land, Grand Central Palace, New York, NY [2]

Dec. 2-8:
➤ Sun., Dec. 2: Houdini gives William Hilliar signed Thesaurus with their Message Code. [5]
Dec. 9-15:
Dec. 16-22:
Dec. 23-29:
Dec. 30-Jan. 5, 1918:


SOURCES (1917):
[1] Koval, Frank. The Illustrated Houdini Research Diary, Part 5: 1916 to 1920. Chadderton: 1994.
[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.
✪ Denotes a first or possible first.

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