The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1907

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Last update: 4/23/18
Weeks run Monday to Sunday.

Dec. 31- Jan. 6: Keith's New Theater, Philadelphia, PA [2]
➤ Jan. 4: Challenge from University of Pennsylvania football team to escape from a giant football. [1][2][4]
Jan. 7-13: Keith's Theater, Boston, MA [2][4]
➤ Mon., Jan. 7: Diary entry: "Gee whiz! Another ice bath. They want to see me earn my money." [7][8]
➤ Wed., Jan. 9: Diary entry: "Took cold bath, 49 deg." [7][8]
➤ Thus., Jan. 10: Diary entry: "Took cold bath, 48 deg. Doctor stops ice bath." [7][8]
Jan. 14-20: Keith’s Theater, Boston, MA [4]
➤ Jan. 15: Conjurers' Monthly Magazine Vol. 1, No. 5 published.
➤ Wed., Jan. 16: Diary entry: "Cold bath, 40 deg. Gee, it's cold." [7][8]
➤ Fri., Jan. 18: Diary entry: "Taking icy baths to get ready for bridge jump. Water about 36 deg." [7][8]
Jan. 21-27: Keith's Theater, Boston, MA [1][4]
Jan. 28-Feb. 3: Keith's Theater, Pawtucket, RI [2][12]

Feb. 4-10: Keith's Theater, Pawtucket, RI [2][12]
Feb. 11-17: Keith's Theater, Boston, MA [2][12]
➤ Feb. 15: Conjurers' Monthly Magazine Vol. 1, No. 6 published.
Feb. 18-24: Maryland Theater, Baltimore, MD. [2]
Feb. 25-March 3: Maryland Theater, Baltimore, MD. [2]
➤ "Challenge Week." Houdini features different challenge everyday.

March 4-10: Valentine Theater, Toledo, OH [1]
March 11-17: Valentine Theater, Toledo, OH [1]
March 18-24: Keith's Theater, Columbus, OH [1][2][10]
➤ March. 15: Conjurers' Monthly Magazine Vol. 1, No. 7 published.
March 25-31: Chase's Theater, Washington, D.C. [1][2]
➤ Advertised as "Farewell" to city before Houdini returns to Europe. 12 challenges in one week. [2]

April 1-7:
➤ Sat., April 6: Houdini celebrates 33rd birthday.
April 8-14: Keith and Proctor's 125th street Theater, New York, NY [2]
April 15-21: Keith and Proctor's 125th street Theater, New York, NY [1]
➤ April. 15: Conjurers' Monthly Magazine Vol. 1, No. 8 published.
April 22-28: Orpheum Theater (Fulton St. neat Flatbush Ave), Brooklyn, NY [2]
April 29-May 5: Keith and Proctor's 58th street Theater, New York, NY [1][2]
➤ Fri., May 3: Packing case challenge from Bloomingdale's Department Store [1]

[Some sources show "Houdini The Handcuff King" playing a special matinee at the Empire in Sheffield, England on May 4, but Houdini is clearly in the U.S. at this time. It's likely this was Hardeen, who was playing Sheffield at this time.]

May 6-12: Cook Opera House, Rochester, NY [2]
✪ ➤ Tues., May 7: Houdini jumps handcuffed from Weighlock Bridge (near Court St.) into Erie Canal, Rochester, NY. First filmed outdoor stunt (watch).
✪ ➤ Wed., May 8: Film of Houdini's bridge jump shown at Cook Opera House. [2]
➤ Thurs., May 9: Roped to chair by sailors challenge. [2]
May 13-19: Garden Theater, Buffalo, NY [2]
➤ May 15: Conjurers' Monthly Magazine Vol. 1, No. 9 published.
May 20-26: Grand Theater, Pittsburg, PA [1][2]
➤ Mon., May 20: Houdini's dog Charlie goes missing. [2]
➤ Tues., May 21: Houdini does test jump from Seventh street bridge (45 ft). [2]
➤ Wed., May 22: Jumps manacled from Seventh street bridge into Allegheny river. [2]
May 27-June 2: Grand Theater, Pittsburg, PA [1][2]

June 3-9:
June 10-16: Union Square Theater, New York, NY [2]
➤ June. 15: Conjurers' Monthly Magazine Vol. 1, No. 10 published.
June 17-23:
June 24-30:

July 1-7:
July 8-14:
July 15-21:
➤ July 15: Conjurers' Monthly Magazine Vol. 1, No. 11 published.
➤ Sat., July 20: Houdini finishes writing The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin[7]
July 22-28:
July 29-Aug. 4:

Aug. 5-11:
Aug. 12-18:
➤ Aug. 15: Conjurers' Monthly Magazine Vol. 1, No. 12 published.
➤ Fri., Aug. 16: Houdini meets Dash returning from Europe abroad Teutonic. Papers play up rivalry. [2]
Aug. 19-25:
Aug. 26-Sept. 1: Orpheum Theater (Ellis St. near Fillmore), San Francisco, CA [1][2]
➤ Wed., Aug. 28: Houdini leaps manacled into San Francisco bay from pier at foot of Washington St. [2]

Sept. 2-8: Orpheum Theater (Ellis St), San Francisco, CA [1][2]
Sept. 9-15: Orpheum Theater (Ellis St), San Francisco, CA [1][2]
➤ Rival "Handcuff King" Brindamour plays Princess Theater next door to Orpheum this week.
➤ Sept. 15: Conjurers' Monthly Magazine Vol. 2, No. 1 published.
Sept. 16-22:
Sept. 23-29: Orpheum Theater (Spring St between 2nd & 3rd), Los Angeles, CA [2]
➤ Sat. Sept. 28: Houdini jumps handcuffed from the roof of Pavilion at Westlake Park (now MacArthur Park) in Los Angeles. [2]
Sept. 30-Oct. 6: Orpheum Theater (Spring St), Los Angeles, CA [2]
➤ Fri., Oct. 4: Mail bag challenge by postal workers. Billed as "Houdini vs. Uncle Sam"

Oct. 7-13: Grand Theater (Fifth St.), San Diego, CA (3 days: 7th, 8th, 9th) [9]
➤ Papers announce Houdini will dive handcuffed into San Diego Bay from Spreckle's Wharf at G Street, but no account of the escape has been found. [9]
Oct. 14-20: Orpheum Theater, Denver, CO [1][6]
➤ Oct. 15: Conjurers' Monthly Magazine Vol. 2, No. 2 published.
Oct. 21-27: Orpheum Theater, Los Angeles, CA [1]-unverified
➤ Sat. Oct. 26: Leopold Weiss attacked by intruder inside 278. [2][11]
Oct. 28-Nov. 3:
➤ Fri., Nov. 1: Short story Dan Cupid -- Magician by Houdini published in Buffalo Evening News.

Nov. 4-10: Orpheum, Kansas City, MO [1][2]
➤ Hardeen appears at rival theater this week. [2]
Nov. 11-17: Orpheum Theater, New Orleans, LA [1][2]
➤ Nov. 15: Conjurers' Monthly Magazine Vol. 2, No. 3 published. Advertises The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin.
➤ Sun., Nov. 17: Houdini dives shackled into Mississippi River from gang plank of Steamer "J.S." at foot of Canal Street. [6]
Nov. 18-24: Orpheum Theater, New Orleans, LA [1][2]
Nov. 25-Dec. 1:

Dec. 2-8: Majestic Theater, Chicago, IL [2]
➤ Wed., Dec. 4: Dan Cupid -- Magician by Houdini published in The Argus. [2]
Dec. 9-15: Majestic Theater, Chicago, IL [1][2]
➤ Hermann The Great also on bill this week.
➤ Sun., Dec. 15: Eats dinner at Roterberg's following matinee ("fair house'). Has spaghetti, roast beef, mashed potatoes, coffee and lady fingers in cream. Writes love letter to Bess after. [5]
➤ Dec. 15: Conjurers' Monthly Magazine Vol. 2, No. 4 published.
Dec. 16-22: Majestic Theater, Chicago, IL [1]
✪ ➤ Tue., Dec. 17: Does trial run of Milk Can escape without water. [11]
➤ Wed., Dec. 18: Escapes shackles and sack in water tank during show at Illinois Athletic club. [2]
Dec. 23-29: New Grand Theater, Indianapolis, IN [1][2]
➤ Tues., Dec. 24: Escapes shackles at U.S. marshal's office. [2]
Dec. 30-Jan. 5: New Grand Theater, Indianapolis, IN [1][2]


Primary Sources:
[1] Koval, Frank. The Illustrated Houdini Research Diary, Part 3: 1906 to 1910. Chadderton: 1992.
[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 (1907):
[8] Kellock, Harold. Houdini His Life Story, New York: Hardcourt & Brace, 1927.
[9] Crawford, Richard. The Way We Were in San Diego. The History Press, 2011.
[10] Hanosek, Joseph. Houdini!!! in Columbus, Ohio. 2015
[11] Kalush, William, and Larry Sloman. The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006.
[12] Gary Hunt.

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