Sept, 24-30: Chase's Theater, Washington, D.C.
➤ Tues., Sept. 25: Challenged by Saks & Co. to escape packing case constructed on stage.
➤ Wed., Sept. 26: Challenged with Blackwell's Island Asylum straitjacket with leg bag and ropes.
➤ Thurs., Sept. 27: Houdini escapes "rope imprisonment in a chair."
➤ Fri., Sept. 28: Challenged by Knabe & Co. to escape piano case lined with zinc and screw-fastened.
Happily, Houdini's many challenges are well documented with handbills and newspaper advertisements. Of course, this means going back under the hood (and back into newspapers.com) in a major way, but that's the fun!
I hope to have a fair amount of Challenges worked into the chronology when I offer my next batch of sample years.
Fantastic! Those will be a great addition. Just seeing the proximity of dates and variety of challenges for the above engagement in D.C. gives a rather mind-blowing glimpse of what his day-to-day life must've been like on tour.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Tom. It crossed my mind to do this when I was first building the chronology, but it just seemed too overwhelming at the time and I knew it might just be an endless chain of packing case escapes. But now with the chronology base built, this seems very doable and even necessary. Even with the redundancies, it'll be cool to record all the different companies that crossed swords with HH. And it will offer fresh insights I'm sure.Delete
Really looking forward to seeing these!Delete