The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1899

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Last update: 6/9/18
Weeks run Monday to Sunday.

Jan. 2-8: Middleton’s Clark St. Museum, Chicago, IL [9]
➤ Wed., Jan. 4: Exhibition at Police Headquarters, Chicago, IL [1][2][8]
Jan. 9-15: Middleton’s Clark St. Museum, Chicago, IL [1][8]
➤ Wed., Jan. 11: Houdini fails to escape doctored handcuffs. [2][8]
Jan. 16-22: Middleton’s Clark St. Museum, Chicago, IL [1]
Jan. 23-29:
Jan. 30-Feb. 5: Eden Musee at Wonderland, Detroit, MI [2]

Feb. 6-12: Middleton’s Clark St. Museum, Chicago, IL [8]
Feb. 13-19:
➤ Sun., Feb. 19: Escapes handcuffs at Minneapolis police station. [2][8]
Feb. 20-26: Palace Museum, Minneapolis, MN [1][8]
➤ Mon., Feb. 20: Houdini entertains newspapermen at dinner at Postal Cafe. [2][8]
Feb. 27-March 5:

March 6-12: Palm Garden (8th and Wabasha St.), St. Paul, MN [2][8]
➤ Mon., March 6: Escapes handcuffs at Central Station. [2]
March 13-19: [Theater], Omaha, NE [5][9]
➤ Tues. March 14: Receives cable from Martin Beck that "changed my whole life's journey." [5]
March 20-26:
March 27-April 2:
➤ Sat., April 1: Escapes handcuffs at Omaha police station. [2]

April 3-9: Creighton-Orpheum Theater, Omaha, NE [1][2][8]
Thurs., April 6: Houdini celebrates 25th birthday.
April 10-16: Orpheum Theater, Kansas City, KS (opened Sunday) [1][2]
Mon., April 10: Houdini escapes handcuffs at Central police station. [2]
April 17-23:
 Fri., April 21: Harry and Bess entertain at Manufactures' Association banquet, Kansas City. [2]
April 24-30: Orpheum Theater, Kansas City, KS [1][2]

May 1-7:
➤ Wed., May 3: Houdini performs handcuff escapes at the City Council Room, Lexington, MO. [2]
May 8-14: Opera House, Lexington, MO [1][2]
➤ Fri., May 12: Escapes handcuffs at Joplin police station. [2]
May 15-21: Pavilion Theater (5th and Joplin St), Joplin, MO [1][2]
May 22-28: Pavilion Theater, Joplin, MO [1][2]
➤ Mon., May 22: Dressing room robbed. Bess jewelry stolen. [2][8]
May 29-June 4:
➤ Fri., June 2: Escapes handcuffs at the Central police station, San Francisco, CA. [2]

June 5-11: Orpheum (O'Farrell St. between Stockton & Powell), San Francisco, CA [2]
June 12-18: Orpheum (O'Farrell St.), San Francisco, CA [2]
June 19-25:
➤ Thurs., June 22: Houdini arrives in Los Angeles, CA [2]
➤ Fri., June 23: Houdini escapes handcuffs at Los Angeles police station. [2]
June 26-July 2: Orpheum Opera House (110 S. Main St.), Los Angeles, CA [2]
➤ Wed., June 28: Houdini escapes "coil" rope tie at First St. police station. [2]

July 3-9: Orpheum Opera House (110 S. Main St.), Los Angeles, CA [1][2]
July 10-16:
✪ ➤ Thurs., July 13: Houdini does handcuff escape at City Hall (Larkin and MacAllister), San Francisco, CA. Possible first nude test. [2]
➤ Sun., July 16: Houdini performs straitjacket escape at receiving hospital, likely inside City Hall. [2]
✪ ➤ [Date?]: Houdini takes first shackled semi-nude photos at the Bushnell Company. [5]
July 17-23: Orpheum (O'Farrell St.), San Francisco, CA [1][2]
July 24-30: Orpheum (O'Farrell St.), San Francisco, CA [1]
➤ Wed., July 26: Houdini misses 5:00 train for Los Angeles. [2]
July 31-Aug 6:
➤ Sat., Aug. 5: Letter from M. Lehman of Kansas City addressed to Houdini at #145 Illinois St., Chicago, IL. [5]

Aug. 7-13:
Aug. 14-20: Masonic Temple Roof Theatre, Chicago, IL [2][8]
➤ Sun., Aug 20: Houdini fails to escape damaged pair of handcuffs. [2][10]
Aug. 21-27: Fairmont Park (Orpheum), Kansas City, MO [2][8]
Aug. 28-Sept. 3: Suburban Garden, St Louis, MO [1][8]
➤ Mon., Aug. 28: Escapes handcuffs at police headquarters. [2]
➤ Fri., Sept. 1: Houdini announces he will jump handcuffed from Eads Bridge. (No evidence he ever did so.) [2][8]

Sept. 4-10: Suburban Gardens, St. Louis, MO [1][2][8]
Sept. 11-17: Grand Opera House, Pittsburg, PA [5][11]
Sept. 18-24:
Sept. 25-Oct. 1:
➤ Sat., Sept. 30: Escapes handcuffs at Denver police headquarters. [2]

Oct. 2-8: The New Lyceum Theater, Denver, CO [1][8]
➤ Thurs., Oct. 5: Reports that Martin Beck has "signed Houdini to go to Europe." [1][2]
➤ Sun., Oct. 8: Houdini ends New Lyceum engagement. [2][10]
Oct. 9-15:
Oct. 16-22:
➤ Thurs., Oct. 19: Performs at "stag" at Masonic Temple, Chicago, IL. [2][10]
Oct. 23-29: Hopkin's Grand Opera House, Memphis, TN [1]
Oct. 30-Nov. 5:

Nov. 6-12: Grand Theater, Nashville, TN [2][8]
➤ Mon., Nov. 6: Houdini escapes handcuffs at police station. [2][8]
Nov. 13-19: Grand Theater, Nashville, TN [2][8]
➤ On bill with The Great Lafayette. Houdini gives him dog "Beauty" as gift. [8]
Nov. 20-26:
Nov. 27-Dec. 3:

Dec. 4-10:
➤ Thurs., Dec. 7: Escapes handcuffs at Cincinnati police station. [2][8]
Dec. 11-17: Columbia Theater (5th and Walnut), Cincinnati, OH [1][2][8]
➤ Sat., Dec. 16: Houdini signs 3 year contract with Martin Beck. [2]
➤ Sun., Dec. 17: Beck and wife see Houdini perform. [2]
Dec. 18-24: Columbia Theater, Cincinnati, OH [1][2][8]
➤ Leon Hermann plays Cincinnati Grand Opera House this same week. [2]
Dec. 25-31:
➤ Fri., Dec. 29: Escapes handcuffs at Central Police Station (likely on Mulberry Street), New York, NY. [2][8]


CLICK TO READ ABOUT HOUDINI IN 1899

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 (1899):
[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.
[10] Bill Mullins.
[11] Arthur Moses Collection.

5 comments:

  1. Dated August 5th 1899. Letter to Harry Houdini #145 Illinois St Chigaco from M. Lehman Kansas City. Orpheum. "My dear Houdini Yours of Aug 3rd etc. "
    John... See email for reference.

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    1. Fabulous. Thank you. This puts HH in Chicago a week earlier that any other source. I wonder what the address was? A theater? A boarding house?

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  2. 145 Illinois St was the address of August Roterberg's magic shop. As you know, Gus and Houdini were good friends.

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    1. Oh, that's great! Thanks Chuck.

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    2. Excellent.Many thanks. Ties it up nicely.

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