The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1915

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Last update: 3/27/18
Weeks run Monday to Sunday.

Jan. 4-10: Keith’s Theater, Toledo, OH [1]
Jan. 11-17: Empress Theater, Grand Rapids, MI [1]
Thurs., Jan. 14: Hardeen debuts his Walking Through Brick Wall at Bowdoin Sq. Theater in Boston, MA [2]
Jan 18-24: Temple Theater, Detroit, MI [1][2]
Jan. 25-31: Temple Theater, Rochester, NY [1][2]

Feb. 1-7: Orpheum Theater, Montreal, Canada [1]
Feb. 8-14:
Feb. 15-21:
Fri., Feb. 20: Variety reports Houdini approached to star in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. [2]
Feb. 22-28: Poli's Theater, Scranton, PA [1][2]

March 1-7: Keith's Theater, Providence, RI [1][2]
March 8-14: Grand Opera House, Pittsburgh, PA [1][2]
March 15-21: Keith’s Theater, Indianapolis, IN [1][2]
Fri., March 19: Beer Challenge from Indianapolis Brewing Co. [2]
March 22-28: Keith’s Theater (Fifth & Walnut St.), Louisville, KY [1][2]
March 29-April 4: Hippodrome Theater, Cleveland, OH [1]

April 5-11: Keith’s Theater, Cincinnati, OH [1][2]
Tues., April 6: Houdini celebrates 41st birthday.
April 12-18: Keith’s Theater, Columbus OH [1][8]
April 19-25: Forsythe Theater, Atlanta, GA [1][2]
April 26-May 2: Maryland Theater, Baltimore, MD [1][2]

May 3-9:
May 10-16:
May 17-23:
May 24-30:
Thurs., May 27: Orpheum workers benefit at Elks Club (144-156 South Oxford St.), New York, NY [2]
May 31-June 6:

June 7-13:
June 14-20:
➤ Thurs., June 17: Farewell party for sister Gladys who sets off on 2 year tour of world with (friend?) Birdie Yanker.
June 21-27:
➤ Sun., June 27: Papers report that Houdini and brothers have given estate of their mother ("valued at $200,000") to sister Gladys. [2]
June 28-July 4:

July 5-11:
July 12-18: Hammerstein’s Roof Garden, New York, NY [1]
July 19-25:
➤ Tues., June 22: Wedding anniversary in Atlantic City. [1]
July 26-Aug. 1: Keith’s Theater, Atlantic City, NJ [1][2]
➤ Wed., July 28: Overboard box from Garden Pier, Atlantic City. [2]

Aug. 2-8: Palace Theater (Broadway & 47th St.), New York, NY [2]
Aug. 9-15: Palace Theater (Broadway & 47th St.), New York, NY [2]
Aug. 16-22: Henderson’s Music Hall, Coney Island, NY [2]
➤ Tues., Aug. 17: Overboard box escape at Ward's Baths, Coney Island. [2]
Aug. 23-29:
Aug. 30-Sept. 5:

Sept. 6-12: Orpheum Theater (Baltimore Ave.), Kansas City, KS
✪ ➤ Tues., Sept. 8: Suspended straitjacket escape. Kansas City Post building (20 feet). Likely first suspended straitjacket escape.
➤ [Date?]: Houdini reconciles with Dr. A.M. Wilson in office of Dr. Theodore Blakesy, ending their long feud. [4]
Sept. 13-19:
Sept. 20-26:
Sept. 27-Oct. 3: Orpheum Theater, Minneapolis, MN [1][2]
➤ Wed., Sept. 29: Suspended straitjacket escape at 4th St. between Nicollet and Marquette Ave. in Minneapolis (45 feet). [2]

Oct. 4-10: Orpheum Theater (Fort St.), Winnipeg, Canada [2]
Oct. 11-17:
Oct. 18-24: Orpheum Theater (3rd & Madison), Seattle, WA [1][2]
Oct. 25-31: Orpheum Theater, Portland, OR [1]

Nov. 1-7:
➤ Sat., Nov. 6: Overboard box escape in San Francisco bay. [2]
➤ Sun., Nov. 7: Houdini performs for prisoners at San Quentin.
Nov. 8-14: Orpheum Theater (O'Farrell St. between Stockton & Powell), San Francisco, CA [1][2]
Nov. 15-21: Orpheum Theater (O'Farrell St.), San Francisco, CA [1][2]
Nov. 22-28: Orpheum Theater (574 12th Street), Oakland, CA [2]
Hardeen plays the Pantages Theater (414 12th Street) in Oakland this same week. [2]
➤ Tues., Nov. 23: Suspended straitjacket escape from First National Bank bldg at Broadway and 14th.
➤ Thurs., Nov. 25: Thanksgiving dinner with Jack and Charmian London, Hardeen, and Alexander Pantages.
Nov. 29-Dec. 5: Orpheum Theater (630 South Broadway), Los Angeles, CA [1][2]
➤ Tues., Nov. 30: Jess Willard encounter.
➤ [Date?]: Houdini does suspended straitjacket escape in downtown Los Angeles.

Dec. 6-12: Orpheum Theater (630 South Broadway), Los Angeles, CA [1][2]
Dec. 13-19:
➤ Mon. Dec. 13: Houdini visits Universal City, filmed and photographed with Christie Girls. [2]
➤ Mon. Dec. 13: Papers report Houdini "will take a run down to San Diego today." [2]
Dec. 20-26: Orpheum Theater (West Second South, near Main), Salt Lake City, UT [1][2]
➤ Film of Houdini's Los Angeles suspended straitjacket escape played during show. [2]
➤ Hardeen plays the Pantages in Salt Lake City this same week. [2]
➤ Wed., Dec. 22: Suspended jacket escape from the Walker Bank Bldg, (2nd South & Main), Salt Lake City. [2]
Dec. 27-Jan. 2: Orpheum Theater, Denver, CO [1]
➤ Thurs., Dec. 30: Suspended jacket escape from the Denver Post building. [2][5][9]

CLICK TO READ ABOUT HOUDINI IN 1915

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 Houdini letter, cable, contract or signed item.
[6] Original pitchbook, playbill, program or poster.
[7] Houdini diary.
✪ Denotes a first or possible first.

Additional Sources (1915):
[8] Hanosek, Joseph. Houdini!!! in Columbus, Ohio. 2015
[9] Denver Post Online

3 comments:

  1. ➤ [Date?]: Houdini does suspended straitjacket escape in downtown Los Angeles.

    Hoping someone has a date for this. I'm so surprised I'm unable to turn up any info on this first LA suspended jacket escape.

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  2. Possible entry for Feb. 15-21: On Feb. 15, probably in the evening, Houdini was in the Hotel Cecil in London. Here's the citation:

    "February 1.—Magicians and their friends gathered at the Hotel Cecil when the first annual dinner of the Magicians' Club was held, with the president, Mr. Harry Houdini, in the chair."

    Source: The Stage Yearbook, 1915, p. 46

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    1. Thanks Tom. I actually have this in 1914 as taking place on Feb. 1. (In 1915 HH is in the US and The Stage Yearbook is reporting the previous years events.) What's the thinking behind the 15th?

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