- Houdini's Movies
- Les merveilleux exploits de Houdini à Paris (1909)
- The Master Mystery (1918)
- The Grim Game (1919)
- Terror Island (1920)
- The Man From Beyond (1922)
- Haldane of the Secret Service (1923)
- Velvet Fingers (1925-26)
- Medium Well Done (1937)
- Religious Racketeers (1938)
- Houdini Picture Corp.
- Film Developing Corp.
- Filming locations
- Unmade Movies
- Deconstructing Houdini '53
- Beatrice Houdini
- Theo Hardeen
- Cecelia Weiss
- Mayer Samuel Weiss
- Jim Collins
- Franz Kukol
- Martin Beck
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- J. Gordon Whitehead
- Edward Saint
- Jacob Hyman
- Leopold Weiss
- Carrie Gladys Weiss
- Bernard M.L. Ernst
- Charmian London
- Jess Willard
- H.P. Lovecraft
- Sherlock Holmes
- Other magicians
- Full Bibliography
- By Houdini
- For Kids
- Wild About Harry Bookshelf
- Houdini His Life Story (1928)
- Houdini The Man Who Walked Through Walls (1959)
- Houdini The Untold Story (1969)
- The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini (1993)
- Houdini!!! The Career of Ehrich Weiss (1997)
- The Secret Life of Houdini (2006)
- The Metamorphosis: The Apprenticeship of Harry Houdini (2012)
- The Witch of Lime Street (2015)
- The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini (2019)
- The Official Houdini Seance
- Terror Island screening on Catalina (2018)
- Visiting the Copperfield Collection (2018)
- 278 Open House (2017)
- Los Angeles Conference on Magic History (2015)
- Official Houdini Séance, San Francisco (2015)
- Houdini Historical Roast (2015)
- Midwest Magic History Weekend, Marshall (2015)
- The Grim Game premiere in Hollywood (2015)
- Houdini at Hollywood Heritage (2014)
- Official Houdini Seance, Fort Worth (2012)
- Magic Collectors Weekend, Chicago (2011)
- Houdini Art and Magic exhibition (2010-2012)
- Tony Curtis at The Magic Castle (2009)
Saturday, March 24, 2018
The New Houdini Chronology is complete
So what now? Well, I will continue to work on chronology, adding more appearances and significant events, and no doubt making corrections to what I have. But eventually I will offer some kind of printed version. I'm also toying with the idea of moving the entire thing into its own dedicated website where I can make it more searchable. But for the moment, I'm just happy to have all the years completed to the best of my ability.
You can access the Chronology via the drop down menu above. You'll also see a timeline across the top of each page so you can jump to a specific year. One thing I'd recommend for collectors is to look up the dates on your signed photos and letters. It's fun to discover exactly where Houdini was when he signed your item.
Hope you all find this a useful tool. Enjoy!
UPDATE: I've decided to go back under the hood and change my weeks to conform with ISO 8601 and run Monday to Sunday (instead of Sun. to Sat.). Thanks to everyone who gave me feedback on this.
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Truly wild!....amazing work, John. Congratulations on the impressive accomplishment.ReplyDelete
Many thanks for this. Your efforts and diligence to detail is much appreciated.ReplyDelete
Great work, John! A noble effort. Very useful. Just used it yesterday....ReplyDelete
Impressive! I can scratch that off my bucket list, as you've beaten me to it! lol. Great job!ReplyDelete
Fantastic work John. I look forward to the printed version in due course.ReplyDelete
Outstanding great job.ReplyDelete
What a birthday gift you gave to HarryReplyDelete
Thanks, John, for the dedication you have brought to this task. We will all be richer for being able to follow this chronology of Houdini's life and legacy. The serious researcher on Houdini now has a powerful new tool to use!ReplyDelete
Impressive - thank you for providing all this amazing information and work!ReplyDelete
A truly astounding accomplishment John. Many thanks for your dedicated time and effort in providing us with this huge resource.ReplyDelete
If this is not the most important HH research tool, it's in the conversation. Many thanks for your never-ending dedication. I'm sure all of us will as you advise check our collection, clips etc. for perspective and input. Something tells me this will not be a static endeavor, but an evolving journey, not just enriching our collective knowledge, but guaranteeing that HH continues here in the present, touching the lives of those he never met. A searchable database would likewise be very useful. Now that I have these dates, I plan to go back to the trail to search for old, discarded Houdini articles from new dates when he was in Ohio. Imagine the old, forgotten stories we can now conjure up-Dale from Cleveland.ReplyDelete
Thanks everyone for all the kind words. Saying "it was my pleasure" has never been more true. I enjoyed everything about doing this and learned so much myself.ReplyDelete
My plan now is to go through the entire thing again doing clean up and adding more links and events (already today I made some new additions). The red date at the top of each page will always reflect the most current update.
BTW, in doing this, my respect for Milbourne Christopher's Houdini The Untold Story has gone sky high. Every time I felt like I had uncovered something brand new, there it was mentioned in Christopher. He must have made for himself something very similar to what we have here. Incredible work.
Marvelous, John. Your chronology is inspiring me to revisit certain aspects of my Houdini show. Your generosity in sharing your painstaking research is much appreciated!ReplyDelete
Thanks for doing this! When I saw the image for this post, I briefly thought it was a book cover, a book which I'd have bought immediately!ReplyDelete
It will be a book eventually, Michelle. When I feel confident that it's complete and correct enough to be set in print. Still work to do. But thanks for the early support!Delete
Thanks again all.ReplyDelete
So here's my current dilemma with the chronology and I'd love some feedback.
Koval ran his weeks Monday through Saturday (omitting Sunday entirely). I wanted Sundays in my chronology (Houdini did stuff on Sundays!), so my weeks run Sunday through Sat., which is typical calendar format for the U.S. Also, in some cases, Houdini began his week at a theater with a Sunday matinee, so this approach nicely captures those. At the very least he was in town.
However, if you have a program or playbill, it will read "Week of Oct 5", always starting on a Monday. But when you come to the chronology, you won't find the "week of Oct 5", you see a week starting Oct 4. And if you don't know the year, you may find yourself going to the wrong year. Most books also reference Houdini's start at a theater with the Monday date, so my chronology and those references don't seem to jive. So when dealing with documentation, you have to allow for my Sunday start decision, and maybe that's not ideal for folks.
In the U.S., starting a calendar week on Sunday is typically, but the international standard is to start on Monday. So I'm wondering if I should change my weeks to Monday through Sunday? This won't take as much work as it might seem, although I'd like to document those Sunday matinees, so that will take some work.
Any thoughts? Thanks.
Leave it the way it is. A Houdini researcher should know the year he or she is delving into, or at least have an idea.ReplyDelete
Too late. I've already changed up to 1921. I can already see it's better this way, and as a research tool, it should adhere to the ISO standard.Delete
Houdini Museum repeat from another postReplyDelete
Monday to Sunday seems good.
Often custom due to blue laws in show biz, theaters close Sunday, acts travel and open on Mon, or Tues.
Just a thought.
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