The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1913

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

Dec. 30-Jan. 5:
Jan. 6-12: Empire Theater, Cardiff, UK [1][7][8]
✪ ➤ Mon., Jan. 6: First public performance of the Water Torture Cell in UK. [8]
Jan. 13-19: Empire Theater, Swansea, UK [1][7][8]
Jan. 20-26: Empire, Bradford, UK [7][8]
➤ Sat., Jan. 25: The Era reports Bess recovering from operation in London by Dr. J. Forbes Ross.
Jan. 27-Feb. 2: Palace Theatre, Hull, UK [1][7][8]

Feb. 3-9: Empire, Leeds, UK [7][8]
➤ Wed., Feb. 5: Houdini jumps into the lake at Roundhay Park. [8]
Feb. 10-16: Empire and Hippodrome, Bristol, UK [8]
Feb. 17-23: King's Theatre, Southsea, UK [8]
Feb. 24-March 2: Finsbury Park Empire, London, UK [1][7][8]
➤ Sun., March 2: Houdini presents Franz Kukol with a gold watch on-stage as thanks for 10 years service. [4]

March 3-9: Empire, Newport, UK [7][8]
➤ Wed., March 5: Houdini jumps from Newport Bridge into River Usk. Houdini uses double to fool police. [8]
March 10-16: [Theater?], Stratford, UK [7]
➤ Wed., March 12: Houdini appears in Newport court to face changes re his unauthorized bridge jump. Case dismissed. [8]
March 17-23: Olympia, Liverpool, UK [7][8]
➤ Sun., March 16: Houdini opens new Magicians' Club clubhouse at 2 Gray's Inn Road. [8]
March 24-March 30: Hippodrome, Devonport, UK [8]
March 31-April 6: Empire Theater, Newcastle on Tyme, UK [1][7][8]
➤ Wed., April 1: Houdini jumps from the Swing Bridge in Newcastle, UK [1][8]
➤ Mon., April 6: Houdini celebrates 39th birthday.
➤ Houdini is said to have attended a seance with Chung Ling Soo while in Newcastle and debunked same. [8]

April 7-13: Empire Theater, Edinburgh, Scotland [1][7][8]
April 14-20: Glasgow, Coliseum, Scotland [7][8]
➤ It's possible Houdini also appeared at the Hippodrome in Airdrie this week. It's reported he did an escape on front steps of theater before 7000. [8]
April 21-27: Empire Palace, Sheffield, UK [1][7][8]
April 28-May 4: Empire, Birmingham, UK [7][8]
➤ Tues., April 29: Houdini presides over first "Ladies Night" at the Magician's Club at 47 Bedford Row, London. Horace Goldin and Chung Ling Soo present. [2][8]

May 5-11: Empire Theater, Nottingham, UK [1][8]
➤ Houdini and Bess have dinner with Anna Eva Fay and husband at Hotel Vic this week. [7][8]
May 12-18: New Cross Empire, London, UK [1][7][8]
May 19-25:
➤ Wed., May 21: Houdini sails from Southhampton aboard the North German-Lloyd liner Kronprinz Wilhelm for New York, NY. [1][8]
➤ Sat., May 24: Houdini proposes jumping from ship in handcuffs for seaman charity, but Captain forbids it. [2]
May 26-June 1:
➤ Tues., May 27: Houdini arrives in New York, NY. [1][2]

June 2-8: Hammerstein's Roof Garden, New York, NY [2]
✪ ➤ Mon., June 2: First performance of The Water Torture Cell in America. [2]
➤ Fri., June 4: Houdini escapes from the convict ship Success in New York harbor. [6]
June 9-15: Hammerstein's Roof Garden, New York, NY [2]
➤ Mon., June 9: Houdini buys De Kolta's Expanding Die from Leah Goldston. [5]
June 16-22:
June 23-29:
June 30-July 6:

July 7-13:
➤ Mon., July 7: Bon Voyage dinner at Hotel Bellview attended by Ching Ling Foo, Howard Thurston, Theo Bamberg, and Frances Werner. [1][4]
➤ Tues., July 8: Houdini departs New York on the Kronprinzessin Cecilie. [1]
July 14-20: Circus Beketow, Copenhagen, Denmark [4]
➤ Tues., July 15: Cecilia Weiss has stroke in Room 18 of Imperial Hotel, Asbury Park, NJ.
Thurs., July 17: Cecilia Weiss dies at age 74.
➤ Tues., July 18: Houdini's opening day in Copenhagen. Performance seen by Royals. Learns of mother's death after show.
July 21-27: Houdini cancels booking at Circus Beketow.
➤ Wed., July 23: Houdini departs Bremen abroad Kronprinzessin Cecilie.
July 28-Aug. 3:
➤ Tues., July 29: Houdini arrives New York, NY [7][9]
➤ Thurs., July 30: Cecilia Weiss is buried in Machpelah Cemetery. [7][9]

Aug. 4-10: Houdini spends nearly every day in August at his mother's grave. [9]
Aug. 11-17:
Aug. 18-24:
Aug. 25-31:
➤ Sat., Aug. 30: Houdini departs New York on Hamburg-American Lines SS Imperator.

Sept. 1-7:
Sept. 8-14:
Sept. 15-21: Apollo Theater, Nuremburg, Germany [7][8]
➤ Mon., Sept. 15: Houdini gets mothers letters ready for transcription into "book form". [7][9]
➤ Tues., Sept. 16: Houdini has "terrible spell after show on account of my Darling Mother." [7][9]
Sept. 22-28:
➤ Tues., Sept. 23: Houdini has mothers letters transcribed on typewriter "in good German." [7][9]
Sept. 29-Oct. 5:

Oct. 6-12: Circus Corty-Althoff, Berlin, Germany [1]
Oct. 13-19:
Oct. 20-26: Circus Corty-Althoff, Stuttgart, Germany [1]
Oct. 27-Nov. 2: Circus Corty-Althoff, Stuttgart, Germany [1]
➤ Tues., Oct. 28: Houdini's assistants present him with a silver punch bowl to mark his 30th anniversary as a performer. [1][5]

Nov. 3-9: Circus Corty-Althof, Berlin, Germany [1]
Nov. 10-16: Circus Corty-Althof, Berlin, Germany [1]
Nov. 17-23: Alhambra Theater, Paris, France [1]
➤ Sat., Nov. 22: Houdini writes letter to Hardeen: "Dash, it’s tough, and I can’t seem to get over it."
Nov. 24-30: Alhambra Theater, Paris, France [1]
➤ Sat., Nov. 29: Houdini writes in diary: "Am feeling a bit better., but July 17 is always on my mind." [7][8]

Dec. 1-7:
Dec. 8-14: Houdini and Bess vacation in Nice, France (Beau Rivage Hotel). [1]
➤ Mon,. Dec. 8: Houdini visits suicide graveyard in Monte Carlo. [7][9]
Dec. 15-21:
Dec. 22-28: The Houdinis are in London for Christmas.
Dec. 29-Jan. 4:


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 (1913):
[8] Tait, Derek. The Great Houdini: His British Tours. Barnsley: Pen & Sword Books, 2017.
[9] Kellock, Harold. Houdini His Life Story, New York: Hardcourt & Brace, 1927.

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