The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1898

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Last update: 5/7/18
Weeks run Monday to Sunday.

Jan. 3-9: Sapp's Opera House, Galena, KS - California Concert Co. [1]
➤ The Keatons are with show. Houdini is said to have named their son "Buster" around this time. [9]
➤ Sun., Jan. 9: Houdini gives special "Spiritualistic Seance in the Open Light."
Jan. 10-16: Sapp's Opera House, Galena, KS - California Concert Co. [1]
Jan. 17-23:
Jan. 24-30: Perkins Opera House, Coffeyville, KS - California Concert Co.
➤ Story of Houdini being shot in hand by gangsters.
Jan. 31-Feb. 6:

Feb. 7-13: Bert Martin's Eden Musee, St. Joseph, MO [2]
Feb. 14-20: Bert Martin's Eden Musee, St. Joseph, MO [1]
Feb. 21-27:
➤ Mon., Feb. 21: Signs contract to appear with Welsh Bros. Circus for 25 weeks commencing April 16. [5]
➤ Sun., Feb. 27: A.O.U.W. Lodge, Rock Island Bldg., St. Joseph, MO [2]
Feb. 28-March 6:

March 7-13:
March 14-20: Middleton's Clark Street Museum, Chicago, IL [1][2]
➤ Sun., March 20: Palace Museum, Minneapolis, IN [1]
March 21-27: Smith's Opera House, Grand Rapids, MI [6]
➤ Thurs., March 24: Rejection letter from John Nevil Maskelyne. [2][DC]
March 28-April 3: Smith's Opera House, Grand Rapids, MI [1]

April 4-10: Wonderland, Buffalo, NY [2]
➤ Mon., April 6: Houdini celebrates 24th birthday.
April 11-17: Welsh Bros. Circus, (Rockland St. & Locust St.), Lancaster, PA [1]
April 18-24: Welsh Bros. Circus, (Rockland St. & Locust St.), Lancaster, PA [1]
➤ Houdini does card tricks and handcuff escape at Lancaster police station. [8]
April 25-May 1: Welsh Bros. Circus, 2nd st. & Manor St. Lancaster, PA [1]

May 2-8: Welsh Bros. Circus (4th and Chestnut St), Lebanon, PA [2]
May 9-15: Welsh Bros. Circus, Harrisburg, PA [2]
May 16-22: Welsh Bros. Circus, Reading, PA [1][8]
May 23-29: Welsh Bros. Circus, Allentown, PA [1][8]
May 30-June 5:
✪ ➤ Houdini publishes "Silent Second Sight" in June 1898 Mahatma, first known published article.

June 6-12: Welsh Bros. Circus, Shenandoah and Mt. Carmel, PA [1][2][8]
June 13-19: Welsh Bros. Circus, Pottsville (June 16-18), PA [2][8]
June 20-26:
June 27-July 3:

July 4-10: Welsh Bros. Circus, Harrisburg and Perkasie (July 9), PA [2]
July 11-17: Welsh Bros. Circus, Reading, PA [2]
July 18-24:
July 25-31: Welsh Bros. Circus, Wilkes-Barre (July 25 & 26) and Scranton (July 29), PA [2]

Aug. 1-7:
Aug. 8-14:
Aug. 15-21: Welsh Bros. Circus, Bradford (15th & 16th) and Norristown, PA [2]
Aug. 22-28: Welsh Bros. Circus, Scranton (Aug. 23) and Altoona (Aug 21, 25, 26), PA [2]
➤ Welsh Bros. No. 2 plays Wilkes-Barre this same week.
Aug. 29-Sept. 4: Welsh Bros. Circus, Huntington, PA (Aug 29) and Lewistown, PA (Aug 30), Hazeleton (31st, 1nd, 2nd), PA [1][2]

Sept. 5-11: Welsh Bros. Circus, York, PA [2]
Sept. 12-18: Welsh Bros. Circus, Mahanoy City, PA [2]
Sept. 19-25: Welsh Bros. Circus, Harper's Ferry, VA (19), Martinsburg, VA (20), Cumberland, PA (24) [1]
Sept. 26-Oct 2: Welsh Bros. Circus, Lancaster, PA [2]
➤ Welsh Bros. closes season.

Oct. 3-9:
➤ Sat., Oct. 8: Welsh Bros write glowing letter of recommendation for The Houdinis [1][5]
Oct. 10-16:
Oct. 17-23:
Oct. 24-30:
Oct. 31-Nov 6:
➤ Houdini publishes Magic Made Easy around this time. Seriously considers quitting show business altogether. [3][9]

Nov. 7-13:
Nov. 14-20:
Nov. 21-27:
Nov. 28-Dec. 4:

Dec. 5-11:
Dec. 12-18: [Theater?], Toledo, OH [5]
Dec. 19-25: Smith's Opera House, Grand Rapid, MI [1][5][8]
✪ ➤ Houdini does a straitjacket escape. [8]
Dec. 26-Jan. 1: Middleston’s Clark St. Museum, Chicago, IL [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 photo.
[6] Original pitchbook, program, playbill or poster.
[7] Houdini diary.
✪ Denotes a first or possible first.

Additional Sources (1898):
[8] Harry Houdini Personal Scrapbook 1895 to 1899, History Museum at the Castle, Appleton, WI.
[9] Weltman, Manny. Houdini: Escape into Legend, The Early Years: 1862–1900. Van Nuys: Finders/Seekers Enterprises, 1993.
[DC] David Copperfield Collection.

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