The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1914

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Last update: 3/29/18
Weeks run Monday to Sunday.

Jan. 5-11:
Jan. 12-18: Tivoli Theater, Barrow-in-Furness, UK [1][8]
Jan. 19-25: Empire, Bradford, UK [8]
Jan. 26-Feb. 1: Grand Theatre, Birmingham, UK [8]
➤ Sun., Feb. 1: The Magician Club one year anniversary dinner at Hotel Cecil. [8]

Feb. 2-8: Sheffield, Empire, UK [8]
Feb. 9-15: Empire Theater, Glasgow, Scotland [1][8]
Feb. 16-22: Empire Theater, Leeds, UK [1][8]
➤ Fri., Feb. 20: Grand All-Star Matinee featuring "A Novelty. The First Time in 20 Years Harry Houdini as A Magician." [6][8]
Feb. 23-March 1: New Palace Theater (Oxford St), Manchester, UK [1][2][8]

March 2-8: Empire, Swansea, UK [8]
March 9-15:
March 16-22: Empire, Newport, UK [8]
March 23-29: Empire and Hippodrome (Old Market Street), Bristol, UK [8]
✪ ➤ Mon., March 23: Houdini debuts his Grand Magical Revue (also does straitjacket).
➤ Fri., March 27: Grand Magical Revue
March 30-April 5: Empire, Newcastle, UK [8]

April 6-12: Empire Theater, Edinburgh, Scotland [1][8]
➤ Mon., April 6: Houdini celebrates 40th birthday.
April 13-19: Olympia Theater, Liverpool, UK [1][8]
➤ Tues., April 14: Houdini adversities for a "small pony" in Liverpool Echo. [8]
➤ Fri., April 17: Grand Magical Revue [6][8]
April 20-26: Palace Theater, Oldham, UK [1][8]
➤ Mon., April 20: Houdini performing the burnt and restored turban as part of act. [8]
➤ Fri., April 24: Grand Magical Revue [6][8]
April 27-May 3: Palace Theater, Hull, UK [8]
➤ Sun., April 26: Houdini jumps from the Corporation Pier, Hull. [1][8]
➤ Fri., May 1: Grand Magical Revue [6][8]

May 4-10: New Cross Empire, London, UK [1][8]
➤ Mon., May 4: Houdini buys Walking Through a Solid Wall from S.E. Josolyne. [5][11]
May 11-17:
➤ Sun., May 10: Magician's Club first annual supper and Ball at the Hotel Cecil, London. Houdini performs the Egg Bag. [2][8]
May 18-24:
May 25-31: Empire Theater, Cardiff, UK [1][8]

June 1-7: King’s Hall, Dover, UK [1][8]
➤ Tues., June 2: Houdini jumps from motor boat into the Admiralty Harbour between the Prince of Wales and promenade piers at Dover [8]
➤ Thurs., June 4: Grand Magical Revue (now includes De Kolta's Cube). [6][8]
➤ Fri., June 5: Grand Magical Revue [6][8]
➤ Sat., June 6: Grand Magical Revue [6][8]
June 8-14: Empire Theater, Nottingham, UK [1][8]
➤ Fri., June 8: Grand Magical Revue [6][8]
➤ Fri., June 12: Grand Magical Revue [6][8]
➤ Sat. June 13: Houdini travels to Sheffield to meet 19-year-old superfan Randolph Douglas a.k.a. Randini. Douglas shows him suspended straitjacket escape idea. [8][10]
June 15-21:
➤ June 15/17: Houdini exchanges heated letters with Chung Ling Soo over De Kolta's Cube. [3][11]
➤ Thurs., June 18: Houdini sails for the U.S. aboard the Imperator. Former President Theodore Roosevelt on board. [2]
➤ Sun., June 21: Houdini performs in benefit show aboard Imperator. Amazes Roosevelt with spirit slates trick. [2]
June 22-28:
➤ Wed., June 23: Houdini takes photo with Roosevelt abroad the Imperator.
➤ Wed., June 24: Houdini arrives in New York.
June 29-July 5:

July 6-12: Hammerstein's Roof Garden, New York, NY [1][2]
➤ Houdini does Water Torture Cell as feature this week.
July 13-19: Hammerstein's Roof Garden, New York, NY [1][2]
✪ ➤ Mon., July 13: Houdini first performs Walking Through A Brick Wall. [2]
➤ Wed., July 15: Houdini escapes overboard box off Battery Park, NY. [2]
➤ Fri., July 17: Houdini and Leopold visit hotel room in Asbury Park where mother died. [3]
➤ Fri., July 17: Hardeen gets speeding ticket. Papers mistakenly report it was Houdini. [2]
July 20-26: Hammerstein's Roof Garden, New York, NY [1][2]
➤ Houdini does overboard box in Hammerstein's water tank as feature this week. [2]
July 27-Aug. 2:
✪ ➤ Tues., July 28: World War I begins in Europe. Houdini cancels all advance European bookings.

Aug. 3-9:
Aug. 10-16:
Aug. 17-23:
Aug. 24-30: Houdini and Bess move out of 278 and in with the Hardeens at 394 E. 21st Street in Flatbush, NY. [3][11]
➤ Sun., Aug. 30: Papers report that Franz Kukol has returned to Germany "to aid the Fatherland." [2]
Aug. 31-Sept. 6:

Sept. 7-12:
Sept. 14-20:
Sept. 21-27:
Sept. 28-Oct. 4:

Oct. 5-11: Keith's Alhambra (126th St. & 7th Ave), New York, NY [1][2][6]
Oct. 12-18: Keith's Orpheum, Brooklyn, NY [2]
Oct. 19-25: Palace Theater (Broadway & 47th), New York, NY [1][2]
➤ Does Double-Fold Death Defying Mystery this week.
➤ Thurs., Oct. 22: Wet sheets challenge billed as "Houdini vs. Bellevue". [2]
Oct. 26-Nov. 1:
✪ ➤ Thurs., Oct. 29: Houdini records his USD patter and father's poem on Edison Wax Cylinders in Flatbush. Only known voice recordings.

Nov. 2-8: Keith's Prospect Theater, Brooklyn NY [1][2]
Nov. 9-15: Keith's Prospect Theater, Brooklyn NY [1]-unverified
Nov. 16-22: Keith’s Theater, Boston, MA [1]-unverified
➤ Sun. Nov. 22: Houdini arrives from Boston. After dinner visits mother's grave alone in Machpelah Cemetery. Notes in diary: "Bleak and windy." [7][9]
Nov. 23-29: Bushwick Theater, Brooklyn, NY. [2]
✪ ➤ USD advertised as the "Chinese Water Torture Cell" for first time?
➤ Mon. Nov. 23: Houdini surprised on-stage with silver loving cup from Bess's family for 20th wedding anniversary. [2]
Nov. 30-Dec. 6: Keith's Theater, Washington, DC [1][2]
➤ Mon., Nov. 30: Papers reports Houdini seeking permission to leap from Washington Monument or Capitol Dome in parachute. [2]
➤ Mon., Dec. 3: Houdini challenged to escape "Mohammedan Torture Rack." [2]

Dec. 7-13: Keith's Chestnut Theater, Philadelphia, PA [1][2]
Dec. 14-20: Columbia Theater, St. Louis, MO [2]
Dec. 21-27:
➤ Thurs., Dec. 24: Houdini in Milwaukee, WI. Writes Augustus Rapp that he has lost his voice and is uncertain if he'll be able to play Chicago. [5][12]
Dec. 28-Jan. 3: Palace Theater, Chicago, IL [1][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 (1914):
[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.
[10] Beedham, Ann. Randini: The Man Who Helped Houdini. Sheffield: YouBooks, 2009.
[11] Silverman, Kenneth. NOTES to Houdini!!! Washington: Kaufman & Greenberg, 1996.
[12] McCord Museum, Montreal.

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