The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1909

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Last update: 6/20/18
Weeks run Monday to Sunday.

Dec. 28-Jan. 3: Paragon Theater, London, UK [1][8]
Jan. 4-10: Palace Theater, East Hampton, UK [1][8]
Jan. 11-17: Pavillion Music Hall, Liverpool, UK [1][8]
Jan. 18-24: Regent Theater, Salford, UK [1][8]
Jan. 25-31: Royal Hippodrome Theater, Belfast, Northern Ireland [1][8]
➤ Houdini escapes from packing box made from timber being used in construction of Titanic.

Feb. 1-7: Palace Theater, Glasgow, Scotland [1][8]
Feb. 8-14: Palace Theater, Glasgow, Scotland [1][8]
Feb. 15-21: Hulme Hippodrome, Manchester, UK [8]
Feb. 22-28: Empire a.k.a Tameside Hippodrome, Ashton–under–Lyne, UK [1][8][9]
Feb. 29-March 7: Hippodrome, Preston, UK [1][8]

March 8-14: Empire Theater, Bristol, UK [1][8]
➤ Sat., March 13: Houdini visits M De Verli in Brussells. Purchases oil paintings and tricks.
March 15-21: Pavillion Theater, Newcastle, UK [1][8]
March 22-28: Pavillion Theater, Newcastle, UK [9]
March 29-April 4:

April 5-11: Barrasford’s Alhambra Theater, Paris, France [1]
➤ Tues., April 6: Houdini celebrates 35th birthday.
➤ Wed., April 7: Houdini jumps handcuffed into Seine from roof of Paris morgue.
➤ Houdini likely films Merveilleux Exploits du Célébre Houdini à Paris for Cinema Lux at this time.
April 12-18: Barrasford's Alhambra Theater, Paris, France [1]
April 19-25: Barrasford's Alhambra Theater, Paris, France [1]
April 26- May 2: Barrasford's Alhambra Theater, Paris, France [1]

May 3-9: Hippodrome, Blackburn, UK [8]
May 10-16: Pavilion, Newcastle, UK [8]
May 17-23: Metropolitan Theater, London, UK [1][8]
✪ ➤ Mon., May 17: Merveilleux Exploits du Célébre Houdini à Paris is released by Cinema Lux. Houdini's first movie. [10]
May 24-30: Hippodrome Theater, Portsmouth, UK [1][8]
May 31-June 6: Palace Theater, Chelsea, UK [1][8]
➤ Houdini meets with Harry Rickards about tour of Australia.

June 7-13: Hippodrome, Leeds, UK [1][8]
June 14-20: Empire Theater, Wolverhampton, UK [1][8]
➤ Sun., June 20: Handcuffed bridge jump into Dundee Dock. [8]
June 21-26: King's Theater and Hippodrome, Dundee, UK [1][8]
➤ Thurs., June 23: Jumps handcuffed from steamer ship Marchioness of Bute into the River Tay [8]
June 27-July 4: Palace Theater, Aberdeen, UK [1][8]
➤ Thurs., June 30: Houdini dives from tug John McConnachie into the harbor at Aberdeen. [8]
➤ Houdini photographed at the grave of John Anderson, the "Wizard of the North", while in Aberdeen. [8]

July 5-11: Hippodrome, Brighton, UK [1][8]
➤ [Date?]: Houdini does high dive from Brighton Pier.
July 12-18: Tivoli Theater, Leeds, UK [9]
July 19-25: Palace Theater, Manchester, UK [1][8]
July 26-Aug 1: Barrasfords Hippodrome, Sheffield, UK [8]
➤ Wed., July 28: Houdini's dog Charlie dies.

During the summer Houdini brings both Mrs. Weiss and Mrs. Rahner to Europe for two months. Exact dates unknown, but they see him perform in Plymouth. [Photo]

Aug. 2-8: Hippodrome, Nottingham, UK [1][8]
Aug. 9-15:
Aug. 16-22: Palace Theater, Plymouth, UK [1][8]
➤ Tues., Aug. 17: Houdini jumps handcuffed from the Stonehouse Halfpenny Bridge, Plymouth. [8]
Aug. 23-29: Houdini attends week long International Air Meet in Reims, France. Sparks interest in aviation. [3]
Aug. 30-Sept. 5: Empire Theater, Kilburn, UK [1][8]

Sept. 6-12:
Sept. 13-19: Hippodrome, Willesden, UK [1][8]
Sept. 20-26: Palace Theater, South London, UK [1][8]
Sept. 27-Oct. 3:

Oct. 4-10: Coliseum Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland [8]
Oct. 11-17: Palace Theater, Oldham, Scotland [8]
Oct. 18-24: Coliseum Theater, Glasgow, Scotland [1][8]
➤ Fri., Oct. 22: Houdini Night, Glasgow Coliseum (Iron Maiden challenge) [5]
Oct. 25-31:
➤ Sun., Oct. 31: Photograph taken of Houdini and luggage at Charing Cross station, London.

Nov. 1-7: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany [1]
➤ Wed., Nov. 3: Houdini witnesses pilot recover from crash in a French Voisin biplane at Aviation Week in Hamburg. He buys a Voisin a short time later for $5000. [3][4]
➤ [Date?]: Houdini has infected boil on his derriere lanced by Dr. Kolm. "Ought to have it attended to long ago. Glad it's over." [7]
Nov. 8-14: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany [1]
Nov. 15-21: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany [1]
Nov. 22-28: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany [1]
✪ ➤ Fri., Nov. 26: Houdini makes first successful flight in his Voisin at Hufaren parade grounds, Wandsbek. [4]
Nov. 29-Dec. 5: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany [1]

Dec. 6-12: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany [1]
Dec. 13-19: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany [1]
Dec. 20-26: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany [1]
Dec. 27-Jan. 2: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany [1]


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 (1909):
[8] Tait, Derek. The Great Houdini: His British Tours. Barnsley: Pen & Sword Books, 2017.
[9] David De-Val Escapology Website, Houdini UK Tours.
[10] Solomon, Matthew. Disappearing Tricks: Silent Film, Houdini, and the New Magic of the Twentieth Century. Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 2010.

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