The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1900

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Last update: 6/16/18
Weeks run Monday to Sunday.

Jan. 1-7: Keith's Theater (14th and Broadway), New York, NY [10]
Jan. 8-14: Keith's Theater, Boston, MA (Ching Ling Foo also on bill) [1][2]
Jan. 15-21: Keith's Theater, Boston, MA [1]
➤ Tues., Jan. 16: Challenged by Capt. Charles Bean to escape Bean Giant cuffs. [10]
Jan. 22-28: Keith's Theater, Boston, MA [1]
Jan. 29-Feb. 4: Keith's New Theatre, Providence, RI [2]
➤ Sunday, Feb. 4: One performance at New York Theater (Broadway & 44th), New York, NY. Bess get stuck in Sub Trunk. [2]

Feb. 5-11: Keith's Theater, Philadelphia, PA [2]
➤ Mon., Feb. 5: Escapes handcuffs at Philadelphia City Hall police station. [2]
➤ Sun., Feb. 11: One performance at New York Theater (Broadway & 44th), New York, NY. [2]
Feb. 12-18: Keith's Theater, Philadelphia, PA [2]
Feb. 19-25: Shea's Theater, Toronto, Canada [10]
➤ Mon., Feb. 19: Escapes 11 pair of handcuffs at court house, Toronto, Canada. [10]
➤ Sun., Feb. 25: Houdini escapes handcuffs No. 1 Police Patrol barn, Buffalo NY. [2]
Feb. 26-March 4: Shea's Garden Theater, Buffalo, NY [2]

March 5-11: Shea's Garden Theater, Buffalo, NY [2]
March 12-18: Empire Theater, Cleveland, OH. [10]
➤ Mon., March 12: Escapes handcuffs at Central police station, Cleveland, OH. [2]
March 19-25:
March 26-April 1: Chicago Opera House, Chicago, IL. [2]

April 2-8: Powers Theater, Chicago, IL (April 5 - benefit) [2]
✪ ➤ Thurs., April 5: Houdini escapes jail cell (No. 7) at Central station, Chicago, IL. Possible first jail escape. [2]
Fri., April 6: Houdini celebrates 26th birthday.
April 9-15: Orpheum Theater, Kansas City, MO [2]
➤ Thurs., April 12: Performs jail escape in Kansas City. [2]
April 16-22: Orpheum Theater, Kansas City, MO [2]
April 23-29: Bijou Theatre, Richmond, VA [1]
➤ Tues., April 24: Houdini escapes handcuffs at Richmond police station. [2]
April 30-May 6:

May 7-13: Bijou Theatre, Richmond, VA [2]
May 14-20: Bijou Theatre, Richmond, VA [2]
May 21-27:
➤ Sat., May 26: Houdini passport application shows birthdate as April 6, 1873 in Budapest.
May 28-June 3:
➤ Wed., May 30: The Houdinis sail for England on S.S. Kensington. [6]

June 4-10:
June 11-17:
➤ Thurs., June 14: Houdini visits Scotland Yard. [5]
June 18-24:
June 25-July 1:
➤ Wed., June 27: Houdini gives press preview performance at the Alhambra Theater, London, UK. [8]

July 2-8: Alhambra Theater, London, UK [1][8]
➤ Mon., July 2: Houdini opening day. Challenged onstage by Cirnoc. [3]
July 9-15: Alhambra Theater, London, UK [1][8]
July 16-22: Alhambra Theater, London, UK [1][8]
July 23-29: Alhambra Theater, London, UK [1][9]
July 30-Aug. 5: Alhambra Theater, London, UK [1][9]

Aug. 6-12: Alhambra Theater, London, UK [1][9]
➤ Thurs., Aug., 9: Houdini renews passport application, shows birth as April 6, 1873 in Appleton.
Aug. 13-19: Alhambra Theater, London, UK [1][9]
Aug. 20-26: Alhambra Theater, London, UK [1][8]
Aug. 27-Sept. 2: Alhambra Theater, London, UK [1][6][8]

Sept. 3-9: Central Theater, Dresden, Germany [1][6][8]
Sept. 10-16: Central Theater, Dresden, Germany [1]
➤ [Date?]: First Houdini handcuffed bridge jump [details?]. [1]
Sept. 17-23: Central Theater, Dresden, Germany [1]
➤ Thurs., Sept. 20: Escapes handcuffs at Royal Police Presidium, Berlin, Germany. [6]
Sept. 24-30: Central Theater, Dresden, Germany [1]

Oct. 1-7: Wintergarten, Berlin, Germany [1][6]
Oct. 8-14: Wintergarten, Berlin, Germany [1]
Oct. 15-21: Wintergarten, Berlin, Germany [1]
Oct. 22-28: Wintergarten, Berlin, Germany [1]
Oct. 29 -Nov. 4: Wintergarten, Berlin, Germany [1]
➤ At some point during November Dash arrives in Berlin. Houdini sets him up as Hardeen. [4]

Nov. 5-11: Wintergarten Berlin, Germany [1]
Nov. 12-18: Wintergarten Berlin, Germany [1]
Nov. 19-25: Wintergarten Berlin, Germany [1]
➤ Fri., Nov. 24: Houdini defeats "Hilmar the Uncuffable". [11]
Nov. 26-Dec. 2: Circus Variete, Magdeburg, Germany (10 days - dates uncertain) [8]

Dec. 3-9: Alhambra Theater, London, UK [1][8][9]
➤ Houdini's pitchbook records his opening day as Dec. 14. [6]
Dec. 10-16: Alhambra Theater, London, UK [1][6][8]
Dec. 17-23: Alhambra Theater, London, UK [1][9]
Dec. 24-30: Alhambra Theater, London, UK [1][8][9]
Dec. 31-Jan. 6: Alhambra Theater, London, UK [1][8][9]



Primary Sources:
[1] Koval, Frank. The Illustrated Houdini Research Diary, Part 2: 1900 to 1905. 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, playbill, program or poster.
[7] Houdini diary.
✪ Denotes a first or possible first.

Additional Sources (1900):
[8] Tait, Derek. The Great Houdini: His British Tours. Barnsley: Pen & Sword Books, 2017.
[9] David De-Val Escapology Website, Houdini UK Tours.
[10] Harry Houdini Personal Scrapbook 1895 to 1899, History Museum at the Castle, Appleton, WI.
[11] Culliton, Patrick. Houdini Unlocked: The Tao of Houdini. Los Angeles: Kieran Press, 1997.

2 comments:

  1. This is fantastic! Thank you so much for all of your work on this in bringing the prior research up to date and making this available to all of us.

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    1. My pleasure, David! Thanks for the kind words.

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