The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1911

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Last update: 6/26/18
Weeks run Monday to Sunday.

Jan. 2-8: Hippodrome Theater, Bolton, UK [1][8]
Jan. 9-15: Empire Theater, Nottingham, UK [1][8]
Jan. 16-22: Empire Theater, Birmingham, UK [1][8]
Jan. 23-29: Empire Theater, Bradford, UK [1][8]
Jan. 30-Feb. 5: Palace Theater, Hull, UK [1][8]

Feb. 6-12: Empire Theater, Leeds, UK [1][8]
➤ Thurs., Feb. 9: Tetley Beer Challenge - Houdini overcome by fumes. [6][8]
Feb. 13-19: Barnard’s Palace Theater, Chatham, UK [1][8]
➤ Houdini tied to a cannon challenge in Chatham. [8][10]
Feb. 20-26: [Theater?], Rochester, UK [8]
➤ Houdini photographed with police chief in Castle Gardens. Jail break here? [8]
Feb. 27-March 5:

March 6-12: Empire Palace, Sheffield, UK [8]
March 13-19: Empire Theater (Queen Street), Cardiff, UK [1][8]
➤ Houdini shows film of his Australian flights during act. [8]
➤ Houdini visits Charles O. Williams about the construction of the Water Torture Cell. [1]
March 20-26:
March 27-April 2: Hippodrome Theater, Southend-on-Sea, UK [1][8]

April 3-9: Palace Theater, Huddersfield, UK [1][8]
➤ Thurs., April 6: Houdini celebrates 37th birthday. Photographed with (new?) dog "Bobby." [8]
April 10-16: Hippodrome, Portsmouth, UK [8]
April 17-23: Palace Theater, Burnley, UK [1]
➤ Fri., April 21: Bess writes to Hardeen: "Harry is worked to death, he looks so old, he is quite gray." [3][5]
April 24-30: Hippodrome Theater, Southhampton, UK [1][8]
✪ ➤ Sat., April 29: One-time performance of playlet Challenged or Houdini’s upside down to copyright Water Torture Cell. [1]
➤ Sun., April 30: The Great Lafayette killed in theater fire in Edinburgh.

May 1-7: Empire, Swansea, UK [8]
May 8-14: Empire, Hackney, UK [8]
➤ Sun., May 14: Houdini sends crew to film funeral of The Great Lafayette.
May 15-21: Empire, Finsbury Park, London, UK [8]
✪ ➤ Fri., May 19: Houdini does a double packing box escape (box within a box).
May 22-28: New Cross Empire, London, UK [1][8]
➤ Sat., May 27: Houdini elected president of The Magicians Club in Inaugural Meeting at the Crown Room of the Holborn Restaurant, London. [8]
May 29-June 4: Palace Theater, Halifax, UK [1][8]
✪ ➤ Thurs., June 1: Houdini performs Double Fold Death Defying Mystery advertised as being "first time on any stage in any part of the world." [6][12]
➤ Houdini photographed with dog Bobby, Dash, and Harry Hardeen, Jr. in front of Palace theater. [8]
➤ Houdini does underwater escape at Whitegate canal lock at Siddal. [8]

June 5-11: Empire, Shepherd’s Bush, London, UK [1][8]
June 12-18:
➤ Tues., June 13: Houdini sails for New York City on the Kronprinzessin Cecilie. [1]
June 19-25:
➤ Tues., June 20: Houdini arrives in New York City. [1]
June 26-July 2:
➤ Wed., June 28: Bess's sister Marie Rahner marries John Hinson. Houdini pays for wedding.

July 3-9:
July 10-16:
July 17-22:
July 24-30:
July 31-Aug. 6:

Aug. 7-13:
Aug. 14-20: Houdini attends Chicago International Aviation Meet in Grant Park, IL. [3]
➤ Houdini jumps shackled from airplane 50 ft into Lake Michigan. [3]
➤ Houdini meets Orville Wright. [3]
Aug. 21-27:
Aug. 28-Sept. 3:

Sept. 4-10: Orpheum Theater, Montreal, Canada [1][6]
Sept. 11-17:
➤ Tues., Sept. 12: Houdini jumps from upper deck of Steamer Warwick into Providence river. [1]-unverified
Sept. 18-24: Keith’s Theater, Boston MA [1]
Sept. 25-Oct. 1: Keith’s Theater, Boston MA [1][2]
✪ ➤ Sept. 26: Sea Monster challenge at Keith's Boston. [2]

Oct. 2-8: Keith & Proctors 5th Avenue Theater (Broadway and 28th), New York, NY [1][2]
Oct. 9-15: Grand Theater, Syracuse, NY [1]
Oct. 16-22: Shea's Theater, Buffalo, NY [1][2]
➤ Tues., Oct. 17: Papers note Houdini no longer doing "the old, worn-out handcuff" act. Mention of Double Fold Mystery. [2]
➤ Wed., Oct. 18: Houdini escape seaman's bag challenge. "Swoons" after escape. [2]
Oct. 23-29: [Theater?], Toronto, Canada [1][5]
Oct. 30-Nov. 5: Temple Theater, Detroit, MI [1][2]
➤ Tues., Oct. 31: Houdini performs "Halloween exhibition" at offices of The Free Press.
➤ Wed., Nov. 1: Houdini does full body straitjacket escape. Houdini writes this is the escape that ruptured a blood vessel in his kidney. [2][5]

Nov. 6-12: Temple Theater, Rochester, New York, NY [1][2]
Nov. 13-19: Grand Opera House, Pittsburgh, PA [1][2]
➤ Wed., Nov. 15: Houdini finally goes to Mercy Hospital for broken blood vessel. Doctors convince him to rest. [3]
Nov. 20-26: Houdini cancels Toledo, OH engagement. Home in bed. [5]
➤ Mon., Nov. 20: Houdini writes to Will Goldstone: "I am taking a vacation laying on the broad of my back and doing some thinking." [5][9]
Nov. 27-Dec. 3:  Houdini cancels booking Cleveland, OH engagement. Home in bed. [5]

Dec. 4-10: B.F. Keith's Theater, Columbus, OH [1][10]
➤ Houdini drops straitjacket escape on doctor's orders. Temporarily brings back handcuff escapes. [11]
➤ Fri., Dec. 8: Delaware County Daily Times reports Houdini does a show called "A Night With the Spirits" at Masonic Hall in Prospect Park, PA. [2]
Dec. 11-17: B.F. Keith's Theater, Cincinnati, OH [1][2]
Dec. 18-24: B.F. Keith's Theater, Louisville, KY [1][2]
➤ Fri., Dec. 22: Houdini escape from a nailed piano box.
Dec. 25-31: B.F. Keith's Theater, Indianapolis, IN [1][2]
➤ Wed., Dec. 27: Escapes Milk Can filled with Liber's Special Brew. [2]


Primary Sources:
[1] Koval, Frank. The Illustrated Houdini Research Diary, Part 4: 1911 to 1915. 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 (1911):
[8] Tait, Derek. The Great Houdini: His British Tours. Barnsley: Pen & Sword Books, 2017.
[9] Gresham, William Lindsay. Houdini: The Man Who Walked Through Walls. New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1959.
[10] Hanosek, Joseph. Houdini!!! in Columbus, Ohio. Joseph Hanosek: 2015.
[11] Kalush, William, and Larry Sloman. The Secret Life of Houdini. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006.
[12] Randi, James, and Bert Randolph Sugar. Houdini: His Life and Art. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1977.

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