Thursday, January 21, 2021

Houdini in Urbana! (UPDATE)

When I first started my Houdini chronology project, my initial task was to just confirm and catalog the already voluminous available information about the theaters and cites where Houdini played. But I've now reached a point where I have it so complete that any new discovery is a joy, especially when it's a city where I have no record of him playing.

One such discovery is below. On September 27, 28, and 29, 1923, Houdini played a Junior Orpheum in Urbana, Illinois, as part of a split week. 

So congratulations Urbana! You are now on the list of cities that enjoyed Harry Houdini.

UPDATE: Since posting this, I have learned that this Orpheum was actually located in Champaign, IL (part of the Champaign-Urbana metropolitan area). Best of all, it's still there!

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