Last update: 3/12/18
Weeks begin on Sunday
Jan. 5-11: The Master Mystery continues to open in various cities. 
➤ Jan. 24: Houdini performs at Annual Benefit of the Actors Fund. 
Jan. 26-Feb. 2:
Feb. 2-8: The Master Mystery continues to open and play in various cities. 
Feb. 23-March 1:
➤ Sun., Feb. 23: Houdini performs at benefit show for the Camp Upton Athletic Field Fund at the Century Theatre in NYC. 
➤ Fri., Feb. 28: Houdini performs at The Sphinx Club "Ballet of Victory" ball at Waldorf-Astoria. 
March 2-8: The Master Mystery continues to open and play in various cities. 
➤ Sun., March 9: New York Tribune reports that Houdini has signed a contract to make movies for Famous Players Lasky. Work on "initial picture" to start May 1 in Hollywood. 
➤ Around this time Houdini acquires a controlling interest in Martinka's & Co. Magic Shop in New York.
➤ Sat., March 28: Houdini attends grand opening of the new National Vaudeville Artists clubhouse on W 46th St., NYC. 
March 30-Apr 5:
April 6-12: The Master Mystery continues to open and play in various cities. 
➤ Sun., April 6: Houdini celebrates 45th birthday.
➤ Sat., April 12: Houdini performs at benefit commemorating the 14th anniversary of the opening of the Hippodrome, NY. 
➤ Wed., April 16: Houdini leaves for Los Angeles. 
➤ Sun., April 20: Houdini, Bess, and Julie Karcher arrive in Hollywood. Initially stay at Hollywood Hotel. 
April 27-May 3:
May 4-10: The Master Mystery continues to play in various cities. 
➤ Tues., May 13: Los Angeles Daily Times runs photo of Houdini and Cecil B. DeMille at Lasky Studio in Hollywood. 
➤ Sat., May 24: Jesse Lasky writes to Houdini saying The Grim Game is the "consensus of opinion" best title for movie. 
➤ Tues., May 27: Papers announce The Master Mystery will be distributed by World Film Corp in several states including California, Nevada, Arizona and Kansas. 
June 1-7: The Master Mystery continues to play in various cities. 
➤ Fri., June 13: S.A.M. diner held Houdini's honor in Los Angeles. 
➤ Sat., June 22: Gala Silver Wedding Anniversary Dinner for Houdini and Bess at the Alexandria Hotel, Los Angeles, CA 
June 29-July 5: The Master Mystery opens at Clune's Theater (528 S. Broadway) in Los Angeles, CA. Houdini makes personal appearance. 
➤ Fri., June 30: Houdini informs Oscar Teale that he has broken his wrist while filming The Grim Game and it will delay completion by two weeks. 
July 6-12: The Master Mystery continues to play in various cities. 
➤ Sun., July 13: Houdini and Will Rogers perform at the Actor's Fund Benedit at the Mason (hotel?) in Los Angeles. 
➤ Sat., July 26: Los Angeles Times reports Houdini has "just completed" filming on The Grim Game. Will embark on tour of UK, France and Italy "last week of November." 
July 27-Aug. 2:
➤ Sun., July 27: Houdini visits Fatty Arbuckle and Buster Keaton on set of Back Stage at the Comique studio on Alessandro Street in Edendale, CA. 
➤ Mon., July 28: Houdini departs Los Angeles via the "Salt Lake" train. 
Aug. 3-9: The Master Mystery continues to play in various cities. 
✪ ➤ Mon., Aug. 18: Screening of The Grim Game at the Lasky Famous Players offices at 485 5th Avenue, New York, NY 
Aug. 24-30: The Grim Game opens at B.S. Moss' Broadway Theater (Brodway and 41st St.) with personal appearance of Houdini and every showing. 
Aug. 31-Sept. 5: The Grim Game continues B.S. Moss' Broadway Theater with "Houdini in Person". 
➤ Sun., Aug. 31: Papers report Houdini has signed new contact for 2nd Lasky film. 
➤ Sun., Aug. 31: Houdini performs at Barney Fagen benefit at Manhattan Opera House, NY. 
➤ Thurs., Sept. 3: Houdini applies for new passport.
➤ Mon., Sept. 15: Houdini returns to Los Angeles. 
➤ Various papers report Houdini interested in buying the Oakland Oaks baseball team. 
Sept. 28-Oct. 4: The Grim Game opens at the Rose (Madison near Dearbon) and Orpheum (State near Monrore) in Chicago, IL. "Exclusive Chicago Showing" 
➤ Mon., Sept. 29: Houdini performs at veterans benefit for Hollywood Post of the American Legion. 
Oct. 5-11: The Grim Game opens wide in several cites. (The Master Mystery is still playing.) 
➤ Fri., Oct. 9: Houdini sues Octagon Films for $40,000. 
➤ Fri., Oct. 10: Houdini begins shooting second Lasky feature (working titles The Isle of Hate, Salvage, Deep Sea Loot) at the Lasky Studio in Hollywood (Vine and Selma). 
➤ Fri., Oct. 17: King Albert of Belgium visits the Lasky Studio. Houdini performs escape in studio water tank for Royal party. 
Oct. 26-Nov. 1:
Nov. 2-8: Houdini in Riverside shooting underwater scenes at La Elliotta Springs. 
➤ Sun., Nov. 2: Houdini writes letter to Don Turley of Southern California Music Co from Mission Inn, Riverside. 
➤ Tues, Nov. 4: Houdini experiences earthquake in Riverside.
➤ Fri., Nov. 14: Houdini inscribes The Unmasking of Robert Houdin to James Cruz.
Nov. 16-22: Film cast and crew arrive on Santa Catalina Island. Houdini travels by seaplane. 
Nov. 23-29: Catalina shooting continues. 
➤ Wed., Nov. 26: Houdini writes letter to Don Turley saying he expects to return to L.A. "early next week." 
➤ Sat., Nov. 28: Houdini attempts to rescue stalled boat drifting into rocks. Incident filmed. 
Nov. 29-Dec. 6: Houdini completes filming with "a few days of location shooting" in Los Angeles. 
Sat., Dec 13: Terror Island is officially revealed as title of second Houdini Lasky feature. 
➤ Fri., Dec. 19: Some sources show Houdini performing at the London Palladium, but there's clear evidence that Houdini is still in the U.S. at this time.
➤ Sat., Dec. 20: Papers report Houdini back in New York. 
Dec. 21-27: Houdini spends week going through massive new auction acquisition for Theatrical Collection. 
Dec 28-Jan. 3:
➤ Tues., Dec. 30: Houdini sails from New York taboard the Mauretania of the Cunard line. 
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 Original newspaper story or advertisement via newspapers.com or other archival source.
 Silverman, Kenneth. Houdini!!! The Career of Ehrich Weiss. New York: Harper Collins, 1996.
 Christopher, Milbourne. Houdini The Untold Story. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co., 1969.
 Original letter, cable, contract, or signed item.
 Original pitchbook, program, playbill or poster.
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✪ Denotes a first or possible first.
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 Silverman, Kenneth. NOTES to Houdini!!! Washington: Kaufman & Greenberg, 1996.
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