The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1916

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

Jan. 3-9: New Orpheum Theater (12th & P St.), Lincoln, NE [2]
Jan. 10-16: Majestic Theater, Fort Worth, TX (first tour of Texas) [1][2][8]
➤ [Date?]: Suspended straitjacket escape from Star-Telegram building at Throckmorton & 8th St. [1][8]
➤ [Date?]: Escapes shackles while being dragged behind motorcycle down Main St. [8]
Jan. 17-23: Majestic Theater, Dallas TX [1][8]
➤ Tues., Jan. 18: Suspended straitjacket escape at the Dallas News building at Commerce & Lamar St. [1][8]
Jan. 24-30: Majestic Theater, Houston , TX [1][8]
➤ Tues., Jan. 25: Suspended straitjacket escape from Houston Chronicle building, 100 ft. [8]
➤ Tues., Jan. 25: Gives talk to newsboys at Emma R. Home and Club. [8]
Jan. 31-Feb. 6: Majestic Theater, San Antonio, TX [1][8]
➤ Wed, Feb. 2: Suspended straitjacket escape from the Express building at Navarro and Crocket St. [2][8]

Feb. 7-13: Majestic Theater (Congress Ave.), Austin TX [1][10]
➤ Thurs., Feb 10: Suspended straitjacket from Littlefield building at 6th and Congress, 75-90 ft. [8]
Feb. 14-20:
Feb. 21-27: Orpheum Theater, New Orleans, LA [1][2]
Feb. 28-March 5:

March 6-12: Palace Theater, Chicago, IL [1][2]
March 13-19: Majestic Theater, Milwaukee, WI [1]
➤ Thurs., March 16: Suspended straitjacket escape at Milwaukee Journal building.
March 20-26: Hippodrome Theater, Youngstown, OH [1]
March 27-April 2: Palace Theater (Broadway & 47th), New York, NY [1][2]
➤ Tues., March 28: Police stop suspended straitjacket escape in Times Sq., NY [2]
✪ ➤ Wed., March 29: Houdini does unannounced straitjacket escape in Battery Park, NY. First NYC suspended jacket escape. [2]

April 3-9:
➤ Thurs., April 6: Houdini marks 42nd birthday.
April 10-16: Prospect Theater, Brooklyn, NY [1][2]
April 17-23: Keith’s Theater, Washington D.C. [1][2]
➤ Wed., April 19: Suspended straitjacket escape from Munsey building at Pennsylvania and E St. 100 ft up. [2]
➤ Sat., April 22: Meets Vice President Marshall during visit to Senate chambers. [2][3]
➤ Sat., April 22: President Wilson and first lady attend performance at Keith's. [2][3]
April 24-30: Maryland Theater, Baltimore, MD [1][2]
➤ Tues., April 25: Challenge escape from a piano box. [2]
➤ Wed., April 26: Suspended straitjacket escape from The Sun building on Charles & German St., 100 ft. [2]
➤ Weds., April 26: Challenge escape from an iron maiden. [2]
➤ Thurs., April 27: Beer challenge from C.B.S. Brewing Company. [2]

May 1-7:
➤ Thurs., May 4: Machpelah cemetery with Oscar Teale. [7]
May 8-14:
➤ Sunday, May 14: Lays flowers on "all the mothers graves I know." Visits Mrs. Loeffler. [7]
➤ Sat., May 20: Visits former Weiss family home at 305 E. 69th St. Stands "in silent meditation for a half hour" thinking of his father. [7]
May 15-21:
May 22-28:
May 29-June 4:

June 5-11:
June 12-18:
✪ ➤ Thurs., June 15: Houdini appears on the cover of The Sphinx for first time. [5]
➤ Thurs., June 15: Houdini hosts S.A.M. banquet at McAlpin Hotel. [2]
June 18-25:
June 26-July 2:
✪ ➤ Sat., July 1: Papers report Houdini "is working on a new film developer" (likely first public mention of FDC).

July 3-9:
July 10-16:
July 17-23:
➤ Mon., July 17: Houdini and Dash visit mother's grave at midnight. [7]
July 24-30: New Brighton Theater (518 Fulton St.), Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, NY [1][2]
➤ Tues., July 25: Overboard box escape (in rain) off Parkway Baths, Brighton Beach, NY. [2]
➤ Sat., July 29: Papers announce Houdini's plan to fight a live shark. [2]
July 31-Aug. 6: Keith’s Theater, Atlantic City, NJ [1]
➤ Wed., April 2: Suspended straitjacket escape from pier tower, Atlantic City. 60 ft. [2]

Aug. 7-13:
➤ Thurs., Aug. 10: Houdini performs for 1,500 inmates at Sing Sing prison. [1][2]
Aug. 14-20:
Aug. 21-27:
Aug. 28-Sept. 3:

Sept. 4-10:
Sept. 11-17:
Sept. 18-24:
Sept. 25-Oct. 1:
➤ Mon., Sept. 25: Houdini signs contracts forming the Film Developing Corporation (FDC). [7]
➤ Sun., Oct. 1: Weiss family plot and exedra dedication ceremony at Machpelah Cemetery, Queens, NY [3]

Oct. 2-8: Orpheum Theater, Brooklyn , NY
Oct. 9-15: Shea’s Theater, Buffalo, NY [1][2]
Oct. 16-22: Shea’s Theater, Toronto, Canada [1][7]
➤ [Date?]: Suspended straitjacket escape to aid Red Cross. [7]
Oct. 23-29: Temple Theater, Detroit, MI [1][2]
Oct. 30-Nov. 5: Temple Theater, Rochester, NY [1][2]
➤ Tues., Oct. 31: Suspended straitjacket escape at Erie Canal and Exchange St., Rochester, NY. [2]
➤ Tues., Oct. 31: Hosts dinner for Society of Rochester Magicians at Hotel Seneca.

Nov. 6-12: New Davis Theater, Pittsburgh, PA [1][2]
➤ Mon., Nov. 6: Suspended straitjacket escape at Post-Sun building, Pittsburgh, PA. 50 ft. [2]
➤ Tues., Nov. 7: Performs "special election night" show starting 10:45pm.
Nov. 13-19: Keith’s Theater, Cincinnati, OH [1][2]
➤ Wed., Nov. 15: Suspended straitjacket escape at Pickering Building, Cincinnati, OH. [2]
Nov. 20-26: Keith’s Theater, Columbus OH [1][2]
Nov. 27-Dec. 3: Empress Theater, Grand Rapids, MI [1][7]
➤ Wed., Nov. 29: Suspended straitjacket escape from roof of county jail. [2][7]

Dec. 4-10: Keith’s Theater, Toledo, OH [1]
Dec. 11-17: Keiths Theater, Dayton, OH [1]
Dec. 18-24: Hippodrome Theater, Cleveland, OH [1]
➤ Wed., Dec. 20: Suspended straitjacket escape from John Harkness Brown Building, 1019 Euclid Ave. at 9th street. [1]
Dec. 25-31: Palace Theater (Broadway & 47th), New York, NY [1]
➤ Sun., Dec. 31: Extra New Year's Eve engagement at Palace, 3 shows.

CLICK TO READ ABOUT HOUDINI IN 1916

Primary Sources:
[1] Koval, Frank. The Illustrated Houdini Research Diary, Part 5: 1916 to 1920. Chadderton: 1994.
[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, program, playbill or poster.
[7] Houdini diary.
✪ Denotes a first or possible first.

Additional Sources (1916):
[8] Cartlidge, Ron. Houdini's Texas Tours 1916 & 1923. Austin: Ron Cartlidge Publications, 2002.

3 comments:

  1. The Houston Chronicle straitjacket escape is listed as January 25 but reported as the 26th within the blog post about HH's first Texas tour.

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    1. Thanks. I expect it's the 25th, but I'll double check and fix whichever one is wrong.

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    2. The 25th is the correct date. Thank you for the catch!

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