The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1908

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Last update: 5/27/18
Weeks run Monday to Sunday.

Dec. 30-Jan. 5: New Grand Theater, Indianapolis, IN [1][2]
Jan. 6-12: Columbia Theater , St Louis MO [1][2]
Jan. 13-19: Columbia Theater , St Louis MO [1][2]
➤ Jan. 15: Conjurers' Monthly Magazine Vol. 2, No. 5 published.
Jan. 20-26: Columbia Theater , St Louis MO [1][2]
➤ Mon., Jan. 20: Manager Tate tells Houdini, "You are not worth a five-dollar bill to me." [7]
✪ ➤ Sat., Jan. 25: Houdini performs his Milk Can escape for first time. Invited press do not attend. [7][11]
Jan. 27-Feb. 2: Columbia Theater, St Louis MO [1][2]

Feb. 3-9: Haymarket Theater, Chicago, IL [2]
Feb. 10-16: Haymarket Theater, Chicago, IL [1][2]
➤ Feb. 15: Conjurers' Monthly Magazine Vol. 2, No. 6 published.
Feb. 17-23:
Feb. 24-March 1:
➤ Sat., Feb. 29: Hardeen is able to celebrate his leap day birthday (32).

March 2-8: Keith’s Theater, Cleveland, OH [1]
➤ Houdini records in diary that he is not featured: "Is this week the first step toward oblivion?" [7][11]
➤ Wed., March 4: Packing case challenge from the May Co. [1]
March 9-15: Temple Theater, Detroit, MI [2]
➤ Houdini stays at Hotel St. Claire, locked in room by bellboys as joke. [2]
➤ Sat., March 14: Houdini receives loving cup from manager of Temple for breaking all attendance records. [2]
➤ March 15: Conjurers' Monthly Magazine Vol. 2, No. 7 published.
March 16-22: Grand Theater, Pittsburg, PA [1]
✪ ➤ Mon., March 16: Papers announce Houdini will "introduce for the first time" his new escape from "liquid air can filled with water." Offers $25 for best name for escape. This appears to be the official "debut" of the Milk Can.
➤ Fri., March 20: Houdini challenged to escape from riveted boiler.
March 23-29: Shea's Theater, Buffalo, NY [2]
➤ James J. Morton follows Houdini with comedic monologue explaining how he escaped from his Milk Can. [2]
➤ Wed., March 25: Houdini escapes "about 20 pounds" of manacles in Central Y.M.C.A. pool. Knocks head into bottom of pool. [2]
March 30-April 5: Hammerstein's Victoria Theater, New York, NY [2]

April 6-12: Keith & Proctor’s 125th Street Theater, New York, NY [2]
➤ Mon., April 6: Houdini celebrates 34th birthday.
➤ Fri., April 10: Weed Chain Tire Grip Co. challenge. [2][6]
April 13-19: Keith’s Theater, Providence, RI [1]-unverified
➤ April 15: Conjurers' Monthly Magazine Vol. 2, No. 8 published.
April 20-26: Keith and Proctor’s 5th Ave. Theater, New York, NY [1][2]
April 27-May 3: Keith’s Theater, Boston, MA [1]
➤ Thurs., April 30: Houdini jumps from Harvard bridge in Boston. [2]

May 4-10: Keith’s Theater, Boston, MA [1]
✪ ➤ Sun., May 3: The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin is first published. [2][6]
May 11-17: Keith's Theater, Philadelphia, PA [1][2]
➤ Thurs., May 14: Houdini jumps from Market street bridge (Chestnut and Market), Philadelphia. [2]
➤ May 15: Conjurers' Monthly Magazine Vol. 2, No. 9 published.
May 18-24: Keith's Theater, Philadelphia, PA [2]
➤ Mon., May 18: Houdini shows film of his Market Street bridge jump during act. [2]
May 25-31: Orpheum Theater (Fulton near Flatbush), Brooklyn, NY [2]

June 1-7:
➤ Thurs., June 4: Houdini attends Fourth Annual Banquet of the S.A.M. at Hotel Marlborough. Kellar and Thurston also in attendance. [Pic.] [1][2]
June 8-14: Keith's Theater, Portland, ME [2][12]
➤ Wed., June 10: Houdini jumps manacled from the Portland Bridge (today the Casco Bay Bridge). [2][12]
June 15-21:
➤ June 15: Conjurers' Monthly Magazine Vol. 2, No. 10 published.
➤ Mon., June 15: Houdini injured in jump from Youngs Pier, Atlantic City. [2]
➤ Thurs., June 18: Houdini photographed with Harry Kellar in Atlantic City. [5]
➤ Sun., June 21: Harry and Bess take swim in ocean (Coney Island?). [7][11]
June 22-28:
➤ Mon., June 22: Houdini climbs the outside of 278 with roses in teeth for 14th wedding anniversary. [11]
June 29-July 5:

July 6-12:
➤ Mon., July 6: Houdini resigns from the S.A.M. [1][11]
July 13-19:
➤ July 15: Conjurers' Monthly Magazine Vol. 2, No. 11 published. "Harry Kellar Souvenir Number"
July 20-26:
July 27-Aug. 2:

Aug. 3-9:
Aug. 10-16:
➤ Mon., Aug. 10: Houdini sails for Germany abroad the Kaiser Wilhelm II. [1]
➤ Aug 15: Conjurers' Monthly Magazine Vol. 2, No. 12 published. Final issue.
Aug. 17-22:
Aug. 24-30:
➤ Tues., Aug. 25: Houdini arrives in Bremen, Germany. [1]
Aug. 31-Sept. 6: Circus Busch, Berlin, Germany [1][11]

Sept. 7-13: Circus Busch, Berlin, Germany [1]
➤ Harry Leonard billed as "Houdini" tours with "Yankee Doodle Girls" at this time. Does Milk Can escape. Later tours solo as "The Great Leonard, Pupil of Houdini."
Sept. 14-20: Circus Busch, Berlin, Germany [1]
Sept. 21-27: Circus Busch, Berlin, Germany [1]
➤ Houdini jumps from Berlin's Friedrichs Bridge into the Spree Canal this week. [2][3]
➤ Last of the handcuff challenges at this time. [1]
Sept. 28-Oct. 4:

Oct. 5-11:
Oct. 12-18:
Oct. 19-25: Circus Busch, Berlin, Germany [1]
➤ Fri., Oct. 23: Houdini celebrates his "25th anniversary in show business" at banquet hosted by Circus Brush management. [10]
Oct. 26-Nov. 1:
➤ Tues., Oct. 27: Houdini writes letter Sherlock Holmes asking him to come to Berlin to help deal with imitators. [5]

Nov. 2-8: Oxford, Music Hall, London, UK [1][8]
➤ Houdini refused permission to jump from Westminster Bridge in London. [8]
Nov. 9-15: Oxford, Music Hall, London, UK [1][8]
Nov. 16-22: Oxford, Music Hall, London, UK [1][8]
➤ Fri., Nov. 20: Houdini challenged by Chinese sailors to escape Sangauw torture device.
Nov. 23-29: Oxford, Music Hall, London, UK [1][8]
➤ Fri., Nov. 27: Houdini challenged by Suffragettes. [6][8]
Nov. 30-Dec. 6: Euston Palace, London, UK [1][8]
➤ Tues., Dec. 1: Magic Circle dinner at Frascatti's. Houdini does the needle trick, apologizes for not wearing evening dress. [1]
➤ Tues., Dec. 4: Escapes challenge safe on-stage at Euston Palace. [11]

Dec. 7-13: Hippodrome Theater, Liverpool, UK [1][8]
➤ Mon., Dec. 7: Houdini jumps from tugboat into the River Mersey. [1][8]
Dec. 14-20: Hippodrome, Birmingham, UK [8]
➤ Dec., 15: Houdini jumps from houseboat into Edgbaston Reservoir during heavy rain. [1][8]
Dec. 21-27: Grand Theater, Bolton, UK [1][8]
Dec. 28-Jan. 3: Paragon Theater, London, UK [1][8]


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 Houdini letter, cable, contract or signed item.
[6] Original pitchbook, program, playbill or poster.
[7] Houdini diary.
✪ Denotes a first or possible first.

Additional Sources (1908):
[8] Tait, Derek. The Great Houdini: His British Tours. Barnsley: Pen & Sword Books, 2017.
[9] David De-Val Escapology Website, Houdini UK Tours.
[10] Gresham, William Lindsay. Houdini: The Man Who Walked Through Walls. New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1959.
[11] Kalush, William, and Larry Sloman. The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006.
[12] Bruce MacNab.

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