The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1891-94

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Last update: 5/1/18
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1891
Jan. 19-25:
➤ Thurs., Jan. 22: Carrie Gladys Weiss born.

March 30-April 5:
✪ ➤ Fri., April 3: Ehrich Weiss leaves job at H. Richter’s Sons to pursue career as a magician. [5]
April 6-12:
➤ Mon., April 6: Ehrich celebrates 17th birthday (it's likely he believed he was 18).

Summer:
Ehrich and Jacob Hyman perform "a series of semi-professional magic shows" as The Brothers Houdini around New York. [11]

Dec. 28-Jan. 3:
➤ Tues., Dec. 29: Columbus, KA. [1]

1892
April 4-10:
➤ Wed., April 6: Ehrich celebrates 18th birthday.

Oct. 3-9: The Brothers Houdini performing in New York. [9]
➤ Wed., Oct. 5: Houdini's father Mayer Samuel Weiss (63) dies after operation for tongue cancer at Presbyterian Hospital, 308 E. 69th St., New York, NY. [3][8]
➤ Fri., Oct. 7: Rabbi Weiss buried at Machpelah Cemetery, Queens, NY [8]

1893
February:
The Brothers Houdini tour with "Hamilin's Wizard Company" medicine show in Iowa. [12]

April: Huber's 14th St. Museum. New York, NY (The Brothers Houdini) [1][8]
➤ Thurs., April 6: Ehrich celebrates 19th birthday.

May:
Columbia World's Exposition in Chicago, IL (The Brothers Houdini) [9]

June: Kohl & Middleton Dime Museum (150 Clark St.), Chicago, IL (Houdini solo) [8][9]

July 3-9: Miner's Bowery Theatre, New York, NY (The Brothers Houdini) [1][2][8]
July 10-16:
July 17-23:
July 24-30:
July 31-Aug. 6: Huber's 14th St. Museum, New York, NY (The Brothers Houdini) [5][8]

Aug. 7-13:
Aug. 14-20:
Aug. 21-27: Wonderland, Toledo, OH. (The Brothers Houdini) [1][2][8]
Aug. 28-Sept. 3:

Sept. 4-10:
Sept. 11-17: Robinson's Musee Theater, Buffalo, NY. (The Brothers Houdini) [1][2][8]
Sept. 18-24:
Sept. 25-Oct. 1:

Oct. 2-8:
Oct. 9-15:
Oct. 16-22:
Oct. 23-29: Kohl & Middleton Dime Museum (State Street), Chicago, IL (The Brothers Houdini) [2][3]
Oct. 30-Nov. 5:

Nov. 6-12:
Nov. 13-19:
Nov. 27-Dec. 3: The Louvre (286 Wabash Ave.) Chicago, IL. (The Brothers Houdini) [5][10]

1894
Feb. 5-11:
Feb. 12-18:
Feb. 19-25: 9th and Arch Dime Museum, Philadelphia, PA (The Brothers Houdini) [2]
Feb. 26-March 4:

At some point in the first half of 1894 The Brothers Houdini tour with "Oliver's Wizard Oil Company" medicine show in Illinois. [12]

April 2-8:
➤ Fri., April 6: Houdini celebrates 20th birthday.
April 9-15:
➤ Tues., April 10: Jacob Hyman and Harry dissolve "The Brothers Houdini" partnership. [8]
April 16-22: Globe Museum (Houston & Bleecker streets), Bowery, NY (as Prof. Houdini) [1][2]
April 23-29:
April 30-May 6:

June 4-10:
June 11-17:
June 18-24: Vacca's Pavilion (Buschman's Walk & Ocean Avenue), Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY (The Brothers Houdini with Dash).
➤ Thurs., June 21: "Risey in the box" incident. [2][10]
✪ ➤ Fri., June 22: Houdini marries Wilhelmina Beatrice Rahner aka Bess. [3]
June 25-July 1:

July 2-8:
July 9-15:
July 16-22:
July 23-29:
➤ Sat., July 28: Coney Island Clipper announces Brothers Houdini act will now become The Houdinis. [2]
July 30-Aug. 5:

October (2 weeks): Barton's Theatre, Newport, VA (The Houdinis) [1]


Primary Sources:
[1] Koval, Frank. The Illustrated Houdini Research Diary, Part 1: 1895 to 1899. Chadderton: 1993.
[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.
[7] Houdini diary.
✪ Denotes a significant first.

Additional Sources (1891-94):
[8] Weltman, Manny. Houdini: Escape into Legend, The Early Years: 1862–1900. Van Nuys: Finders/Seekers Enterprises, 1993.
[9] Kalush, William, and Larry Sloman. The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006.
[10] Harry Houdini Personal Scrapbook 1895 to 1899, History Museum at the Castle, Appleton, WI.
[11] Sandford, Christopher. Houdini and Conan Doyle. London: Duckworth, 2011.
[12] Silverman, Kenneth. Notes to Houdini!!!. Washington D.C.: Kaufman & Greenberg, 1996.

5 comments:

  1. Thank you, I very much appreciate your recent update. Writing a Sherlock Holmes novel in 1894, where he meets Harry in New York. These additional dates give me a viable time period with which to work.

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    1. Ah, terrific. A resource for researchers is exactly why I did this, so happy to be of help. Good luck on the book. Let us know when it comes out and I'll share on the main page.

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    2. Thank you, John, that's very generous, I appreciate it.
      Gretchen

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  2. John, I think your input might help me. What would you like to hear Houdini and Holmes discuss? I have created what I hope is a representative performance from that time, with Dash, too. Thank you.
    Gretchen

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    1. There have been a few Holmes-Houdini adventures, so I'm afraid I don't have any fresh ideas. But I'm sure what you'll come up with will be great.

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