The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1903

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Last update: 4/12/18
Weeks run Monday to Sunday

Dec. 29-Jan. 4:
Jan. 5-11: Rembrandt Theater, Amsterdam, Holland [1]
Jan. 12-18: Rembrandt Theater, Amsterdam, Holland [1]
Mon., Jan. 12: Escapes jail at police station on Halvemaansteeg in Amsterdam. [6]
Jan. 19-25: Rembrandt Theater, Amsterdam, Holland [1]
Jan. 26-Feb. 1: Rembrandt Theater, Amsterdam, Holland [1]

Feb. 2-8: Mellini’s Theater, Hanover, Germany [1]
Feb. 9-15: Mellini’s Theater, Hanover, Germany [1]
Feb. 16-22: Mellini’s Theater, Hanover, Germany [1]
Feb. 23-March 1: Mellini’s Theater, Hanover, Germany [1]

March 2-8: Circus Carre at Reichshallen Theater, Cologne, Germany [1]
Mon., March 2: Houdini hires Franz Kukol.
March 9-15: Circus Carre at Reichshallen Theater, Cologne, Germany [1]
March 16-22: Circus Carre at Reichshallen Theater, Cologne, Germany [1]
Tues., March 17: Houdini meets Alexander Heimburger (Alexander the Conjurer) in Muenster (Krumpentippen 16). [1][3]
March 23-29: Circus Carre at Reichshallen Theater, Cologne, Germany [1]
March 30-April 5:

April 6-12: Wintergarten Theater, Berlin, Germany [1]
Mon., April 6: Houdini celebrates 29th birthday.
April 13-19: Wintergarten Theater, Berlin, Germany [1]
➤ Wed., April., 15: Houdini renews passport application, shows birth as April 6, 1874 in Appleton. [9]
April 20-26: Wintergarten Theater, Berlin, Germany [1]
April 27-May 3:
Sat., May 2: Houdini leaves for Russia. [3]

Russia was still on the Julian calendar and therefore 13 day behind other countries. Dates below reflect the Western Gregorian calendar, but I've also given the Russian date for notable events. However, reliable dating for the Russian tour is difficult and largely approximations.

May 4-10: Yar, Moscow, Russia [1]
 Sun., May 10: Siberian Transport Prison Van escape. (Russian date April 28)
May 11-17: Yar, Moscow, Russia [1]
May 18-24: Yar, Moscow, Russia [1]
May 25-31: Yar, Moscow, Russia [1]

June 1-7: [Houdini played the Ermitage and Zoo Gardens in Moscow after the Yar, but no dates are available.]
Thurs., June 4: Houdini performed at Palace Kleinmichel for Grand Duke Sergei Aeksandrovich. (Russian date May 23.) [10]
June 8-14:
June 15-21:
June 22-28:
June 29-July 5:
Tues., June 30: Houdini signs contract to play St. Petersburg. (Russian date June 17.) [5]
Sat., July 4: Houdini and Bess celebrate 4th of July at American Consulate. (Russian date June 21.) [10]

July 6-12:
July 13-19:
July 20-26:
July 27-Aug. 2: Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia [10]

Aug. 3-9: Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia [10]
Aug. 10-16: Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia [10]
Aug 17-23:
Aug. 24-30:
Aug. 31-Sept. 6:

Sept. 7-13: Circus Carre, Dordrecht & Groningen, Holland [1][6]
➤  At some point during his Groningen engagement Houdini takes famous publicity pics at J.F. Blöte studio, Oosterstraat D 18.
Sept. 14-20: Circus Carre, Dordrecht & Groningen, Holland [1]
Sept. 21-27: Circus Carre, Dordrecht & Groningen, Holland [1]
Sept. 28-Oct. 4:

Oct. 5-11: Central Theater, Dresden, Germany [1]
Oct. 12-18: Central Theater, Dresden, Germany [1]
Oct. 19-25: Central Theater, Dresden, Germany [1]
Tues., Oct. 20: Death of Wiljalba Frikell. [1]
Oct. 26-Nov. 1: [theater?], Dresden, Germany [10]

Nov. 2-8:
Nov. 9-15: Pavilion Theater, Leicester, UK [1][8]
Mon., Nov. 9: Escapes military prison where Oliver Cromwell held prisoners. [10]
Mon., Nov. 12: Challange from T. Bennett, man who tied up Davenports. [6]
Nov. 16-22: People's Palace, Halifax, UK [1][8]
Mon., Nov. 16: America's Sensational Perplexer! pitchbook released. [6]
Nov. 23-29: [Theater?], Middlesborough, UK [10]
Nov. 30-Dec. 6: Empire, Huddersfield, UK [1][8]
Mon., Nov. 30: Houdini escapes Huddersfield jail. [8][10]
Tues., Dec. 1: Houdini writes about death of Cirnoc. [10]

Dec. 7-13:
Dec. 14-20: The Palace, Blackburn, Lancashire, UK [8]
Houdini deals with "a heel named Wilson." [7]
Dec. 21-27: Palace Theatre, Hull, UK [8]
Dec. 28-Jan. 3: [Theater?], Birmingham, UK [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 letter, cable, contract or signed item.
[6] Original pitchbook, program, playbill or poster.
[7] Houdini diary.
✪ Denotes a first or possible first.

Additional Sources (1903):
[8] Tait, Derek. The Great Houdini: His British Tours. Barnsley: Pen & Sword Books, 2017.
[9] David De-Val Escapology Website, Houdini UK Tours.
[10] Houdini, Harry. New York Dramatic Mirror column 1900-1905

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