The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1912

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Last update: 4/1/18
Weeks run Monday to Sunday.

Jan. 1-7: Forsythe Theater, Atlanta, GA [2]
Jan. 8-14: Keith's Theater, Philadelphia, PA [1][2]
➤ Sat., Jan. 13: Houdini challenged to escape paper bag by H.L. Wilson's Sons Co. [2]
Jan. 15-21: Keith's Theater, Philadelphia, PA [1][2]
Jan. 22-28:
➤ Tues., Jan. 23: Birthday party for Bess at 278. [5]
Jan. 29-Feb. 4: Hammerstein's Victoria Theater (42nd and Broadway), New York, NY [1][2]

Feb. 5-11: Maryland Theater, Baltimore, MD [1][2]
Feb. 12-18: Gayety Theater, Washington D.C. The Bowery Burlesquers [2]
➤ Wed., Feb. 14: Houdini performs magic at National Press Club. [2]
➤ Sat., Feb. 17: Houdini escape Spanish Inquisition irons from War Museum. [2]
✪ ➤ Papers relate story of Houdini under the ice of Belle Isle bridge in Detroit, saying it took place Christmas day 1906. First appearance of this story? [2]
Feb. 19-25: Trent Theater, Trenton, NJ [2]
➤ Thurs., Feb. 22: Trent Theater offers Orpheum $500 to retain Houdini another week.
Feb. 26-March 3: Orpheum (Wilmar & Vincent), Harrisburg, PA [2]

March 4-10: Colonial Theater, Norfolk, VA [1][4]
➤ Houdini accepts Navy deepsea Diving Suit challenge. [4]
March 11-17: Trent Theater, Trenton, NJ [2]
➤ Wed., March 13: Jump into canal off State St. canceled due to "conditions not being favorable." [2]
March 18-24: Proctor's park palace, Newark, NJ [1]
March 25-31: Bushwick Theater (Broadway & Madison), Brooklyn, NY [1][2]

April 1-7: Bronx Theater (149th St & 3rd Ave.), New York, NY [1][2]
➤ Wed., April 3: Police prevent leap off Willis Avenue bridge into Harlem River. Houdini jumps from a row boat instead. Escaped filmed. [1]
➤ Sat., April 6: Houdini celebrates 38th birthday.
April 8-14: Greenpoint Theater, Brooklyn, NY [1][2]
April 15-21:
April 22-28: Majestic Theater, Chicago, IL [1][2]
April 29-May 5: Majestic Theater, Milwaukee, WI [1]
➤ In April the Society of American Magicians (S.A.M.) makes Houdini an honorary member. [4]

May 6-12:
May 13-19:
May 20-26:
May 27-June 2:

June 3-9:
June 10-16:
June 17-23:
June 24-30:

July 1-7: Hammerstein's Roof Garden, New York, NY [1][2][7]
✪ ➤ Sun., July 7: Houdini does first overboard box escape off Governor's Island, New York, NY. [2]
✪ ➤ Houdini asks to be paid week's salary in gold coins so he can poor into mother's lap. [4]
July 8-14: Hammerstein's Roof Garden, New York, NY [1][7]
➤ Fri., July 12: Houdini escapes from Chinese "punishment frame." [2]
July 15-21: Hammerstein's Roof Garden, New York, NY [1][2]
July 22-28: Hammerstein's Roof Garden, New York, NY [1][2]
➤ Mon., July 22: Houdini escapes from ropes at highest point of Heildelberg Building in Time Sq. Escape is filmed. Police prevent second escape from fire escape at Hammerstein's Victoria. [1][2][4]
July 29-Aug. 4: Hammerstein's Roof Garden, New York, NY [1]

Aug. 5-11: Hammerstein's Roof Garden, New York, NY [1]
Aug. 12-18: Hammerstein's Roof Garden, New York, NY [1][2]
Aug. 19-25:
➤ Wed., Aug. 21: Performs at private garden party at estate of Belmonts, Newport, R.I. Does magic, Needles, metamorphosis, Double Fold Mystery, handcuffs, and overboard box. [2]
Aug. 26-Sept. 1:
➤ Tues., Aug. 27: Houdini departs for England aboard the Kaiser Wilhelm II. [1][2]

Sept. 2-8:
➤ Mon., Sept. 2: Houdini arrives in Plymouth, England. [1]
Sept. 9-15: Circus Busch, Berlin, Germany [7]
Sept. 16-22: Circus Busch, Berlin, Germany [1]
✪ ➤ Fri., Sept., 21: Houdini debuts the Water Torture Cell (Wasserfolterzelle). [3]
Sept. 23-29: Circus Busch, Berlin, Germany [1]
➤ Fri., Sept. 27: Houdini writes to Will Goldston: "The new stunt I am doing is a marvelous success, and is without a doubt the greatest spectacular thing ever witnessed on the stage." [4][5]
Sept. 30-Oct. 6:

Oct. 7-13: Circus Busch, Berlin, Germany [1]
Oct. 14-20: Circus Busch, Berlin, Germany [1]
Oct. 21-27: Circus Busch, Berlin, Germany [1]
Oct. 28-Nov. 3: Circus Busch, Berlin, Germany [1]
➤ Thurs., Oct. 31: Closes at Circus Busch. [1]

Nov. 4-10: Circus Corty-Althoff, Bremen, Germany [1]
➤ During November Houdini takes legal action against Miss Undina for doing Water Torture Cell. [3]
Nov. 11-17: Circus Corty-Althoff, Bremen, Germany [1]
Nov. 18-24:
Nov. 25-Dec. 1:
➤ Thurs., Nov. 28: Houdini contracts Wanda Timm to perform Water Torture Cell as "Miss Trixy." [3]

Dec. 2-8:
Dec. 9-15:
Dec. 16-22: Cirque Menagerie Hagenbeck, Brussels [1]-unverified
Dec. 23-29:
Dec. 30-Jan. 5:


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 (1912):

3 comments:

  1. I believe the entry for January 23 should be: Houdini celebrates Bess' 36th birthday with a party in Garden Level of 278. That birthday celebration photo says 35th birthday but that can't be cuz in 1911 HH was in the U.K. in January.

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  2. HH was arrested for having a kerfuffle with the manager of the Colonial Theater in Norfolk, Virginia the week of March 4 thru thru the 11th. The manager withheld $400 from Harry's salary so HH denounced him from the stage of the theater to the audience.

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