The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1910

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Last update: 3/26/18
Weeks run Monday to Sunday.

Jan. 3-9: Houdini in France.
➤ Mon., Jan. 3: Houdini and mechanic Brassac tour Voisin factory in Paris. [3]
➤ Tues., Jan. 4: Houdini watches fliers at Chalon aviation grounds. [3]
➤ Thurs., Jan. 6: Houdini travels to Marseilles, France.
➤ Fri., Jan. 7: Houdini sails from Marseilles abroad the RMS Malwa. [1][9]
Jan. 10-16: At sea aboard RMS Malwa.
➤ During voyage the Malwa stops at Post Said, Egypt; Columbo, Ceylon; and Fiji Islands. [3]
Jan. 17-23: At sea aboard RMS Malwa.
Jan. 24-30: At sea aboard RMS Malwa.
Jan. 31-Feb. 6: At sea aboard RMS Malwa.
➤ Sat., Feb. 5: Houdini arrives in Adelaide, Australia [9]
➤ Sun., Feb. 6: Houdini takes 17 hour train ride from Adelaide to Melbourne. [9]

Feb. 7-13: New Opera House (Bourke Street), Melbourne, Australia [1][9]
➤ Mon., Feb. 7: Houdini interview appears in The Advertiser. He says, "Another 18 months of professional work and then I shall be finished." [9]
➤ Feb. 12: Houdini deals with "over zealous" committee member. [9]
Feb. 14-20: New Opera House (Bourke Street), Melbourne, Australia [1][9]
➤ Thurs., Feb. 17: Houdini leaps from Queens Bridge into the Yarra River. Outdoor temperature is 101 degrees. [9]
➤ Sun., Feb. 20: Houdini records in diary: "Hottest day I ever lived. Must ave been 119 in the shade and the wind was scorching. Drank enough water to float a rowboat." [3][7]
Feb. 21-27: New Opera House (Bourke Street), Melbourne, Australia [1][9]
➤ Tues., Feb. 22: Voison arrives in Melbourne. Assembled at Diggers Rest, Plumpton's field. [9]
➤ Sat., Feb. 26: Houdini does Milk Can for first time in Australia. [9]
Feb. 28-March 6: New Opera House (Bourke Street), Melbourne, Australia [1][9]
➤ Tues., March 1: Competing aviator Ralph Banks crashes his Wright flyer at Diggers Rest. [9]

March 7-13: New Opera House (Bourke Street), Melbourne, Australia [1][9]
March 14-20: New Opera House (Bourke Street), Melbourne, Australia [1][9]
✪ ➤ Fri., March 18: Houdini makes first controlled airplane flight in Australia at 8AM. Completes three successful flights at Diggers Rest that day. [9]
➤ Sat., March 19: Houdini makes one short flight (29 sec) at Diggers Rest. [9]
➤ Sun., March 20: Houdini makes two flights at Diggers Rest. [9]
March 21-27:
➤ Mon., March 21: Houdini makes three flights at Diggers Rest. Longest flight 7 mins, reaches 100 ft. [9]
➤ Sun., March 27 (Easter): Houdini arrives in Sydney. Australia. [9]
March 28-April 3: Tivoli Theater, Sydney, Australia [1][9]

April 4-10: Tivoli Theater, Sydney, Australia [1][9]
➤ Mon., April 4: Voisin arrives from Melbourne and is assemble at Rosehill Racecourse near Parramatta. [9]
➤ Wed., April 6: Houdini celebrates 36th birthday.
➤ Sat., April 9: Houdini does Milk Can for first time in Sydney. [9]
April 11-17: Tivoli Theater, Sydney, Australia [1][9]
➤ Thurs., April 14: Houdini jumps handcuffed into Domain municipal baths in Woolloomoolo Bay. Blackens both eyes. [2][9]
➤ Sun., April 17: Houdini's first attempted flight at Rosehill cancelled due to high wind. [9]
April 18-24: Tivoli Theater, Sydney, Australia [1][9]
✪ ➤ Tues., April 18: Houdini's flies at Rosehill. First controlled flight in New South Wales. Houdini thrown from plane on second flight hard landing. [9]
➤ Wed., April 19: Houdini makes several successful flights at Rosehill. [9]
April 25-May 1: Tivoli Theater, Sydney, Australia [1][9]
➤ Mon., April 25: First publicly announced flying exhibition at Rosehill canceled due to high winds. [9]
➤ Tues., April 26: Public flight exhibition at Rosehill. Bess serves tea and cake to spectators. [photo] [9]
➤ Fri., April 29: Houdini is presented with trophy by Aerial League of Australia for first successful flight in Australia. Date on trophy shows flight as March 16. [9]
➤ Sun., May 1: Houdini make his last flights at Rosehill (and last flight ever). [9]

May 2-8:
➤ Tues., May 3: Houdini's Voisin is dismantled and packed up. [9]
May 9-15:
➤ Tues., May 10: Houdini travels by train to Brisbane, Australia. [9]
➤ Wed., May 11: Houdini departs Brisbane aboard the Manuka of the Canadian Pacific Line. [1][9]
May 16-22: At sea aboard the Manuka.
➤ May 17: Manuka ports in Suva, Fiji. Houdini notes only one day seasick, "a record for Houdini." [5][9]
May 23-29: At sea aboard the Manuka.
➤ Thurs., May 26: Honolulu Advertiser reports Houdini asked by theatrical managers if he'd stop off and play dates in Hawaii. They balk at his $1500 per week salary.
May 30-June 5: At sea aboard the Manuka.
➤ Thurs., June 2: The Manuka arrives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. [11]

June 6-12:
➤ Tues., June 7: Houdini arrives in New York via San Francisco. [1]
➤ Wed., June 8: Papers report Houdini has entered a $30,000 contest for the first flight between New York and St. Louis. (He never competes.) [2]
June 13-19:
➤ Thurs., June 16: Houdini and family celebrate Cecilia Weiss' 69th birthday.
June 20-26:
June 27-July 3:
➤  Fri., July 1: Houdini, mama and Leo visit grave of Mayer Samuel in Machpelah cemetery. Photographed. [3]

July 4-10:
➤ Tues., July 5: Houdini visits Ira Davenport at his home in Mayville, NY. [1][10]
➤ Around this time Houdini visits the Flitcrofs in Wisconsin. [10]
July 11-17:
July 18-24:
July 25-31:

Aug. 1-7:
➤ Mon., Aug. 1: Houdini buys "electric chair" from Huber's Dime Museum auction. [2]
Aug. 8-14:
➤ Wed., Aug. 10: Houdini sails for England aboard the Mauretania. [1][10]
➤ Sat., Aug. 13: Houdini performs 25 minutes of magic aboard ship. [10]
Aug. 15-21:
➤ Tues., Aug. 16: Houdini arrives in Liverpool, England. [1]
➤ Houdini gives address as 84 Bedford Court Mansions, Tottenham Court Road, London.
Aug. 22-28:
Aug. 29-Sept. 4:

Sept. 5-11:
Sept. 12-18: Empire Theater, Kilburn, London, UK [1][8]
Sept. 19-25:
Sept. 26-Oct. 2:

Oct. 3-9: Hippodrome, Poplar, UK [8]
Oct. 10-16: Hippodrome Theater, Willesden, UK [8]
Oct. 17-23: Hippodrome Theater, Harlesden, UK [8]
Oct. 24-30:
Oct. 31-Nov. 6: Palace, Hammersmith, UK [1][8]

Nov. 7-13: Empire Theater, Islington, UK [1][8]
Nov. 13-20: Grand Theater, Clapham, UK [1][8]
Nov. 21-27: Olympia Theater, Liverpool, UK [1][8]
Nov. 28-Dec. 4: Empire Theater, Manchester, UK [1][8]
✪ ➤ Dec. 3: Jim Collins becomes Houdini's assistant. [1][5]

Dec. 5-11: Empire Theater, Holburn, London, UK [1][8]
Dec. 12-18: Coliseum Theater, Glasgow, Scotland [1][8]
Dec. 19-25: Empire Theater, Edinburgh, Scotland [8]
➤ Houdini buys 300 pairs of boots to hand out to Scottish children during special performance. [8]
Dec. 26-Jan. 1: Empire Theater, Newcastle, 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 (1910):
[8] Tait, Derek. The Great Houdini: His British Tours. Barnsley: Pen & Sword Books, 2017.
[9] Richards, Leann. Houdini's Tour of Australia. Charnwwod: Ginninderra Press, 2006.
[10] Kellock, Harold. Houdini: His Life-Story. New York: Harcourt, Brace Co., 1928.
[11] Kalush, William, and Larry Sloman. The Secret Life of Houdini. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006.

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