The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1921

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Last update: 4/23/18
Weeks run Monday to Sunday.

Jan. 3-9:
Jan. 10-16:
Jan. 17-23:
➤ Sun. 23: Houdini gives inscribed copy of Miracle Mongers and Their Methods to Bess on her birthday. [5]
Jan. 24-30:
Jan. 30-Feb. 6: Miracle Mongers and Their Methods published by E.P. Dutton & Co. [2]
➤ Sat., Feb. 5: Miracle Mongers and Their Methods favorable reviewed in Chicago Tribune. [2]

Feb. 7-13:
Feb. 14-20:
✪ ➤ Sat., Feb. 19: Houdini founds the Houdini Picture Corporation. [8]
Feb. 21-27:
Feb. 28-March 6:

March 7-13:
March 14-20:
March 21-27:
March 28-April 3: Papers announce formation of Houdini Picture Corp. Plans to make 4-6 pictures a year. [2]
✪ ➤ Sun., April 3: New York Tribune announces first Houdini Picture Corp. production as "The Far North" with Burton King directing. [2]

April 4-10:
➤ Weds., April 6: Houdini celebrates 47th birthday.
Miracle Mongers and Their Methods enters second printing. [2]
April 11-17:
April 18-24:
April 25-May 1:

May 2-8: Houdini filming The Man from Beyond in Niagara Falls, NY. [2]
➤ Thurs., May 5: Houdini films rapids action on same day as funeral of Annie Edson Taylor (first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel). [2]
May 9-15:
✪ ➤ Mon., May 9: Terror Island is released in the UK.
May 16-22:
May 23-29:
➤ Sat., May 28: Papers report that Houdini has finished interior shooting on The Man From Beyond. [2]
May 30-June 5:

June 6-12: Houdini and crew shoot arctic scenes for The Man From Beyond in Lake Placid, NJ.
June 13-19:
June 20-26:
June 27-July 3:

July 4-10:
July 11-17:
July 18-24:
➤ Wed., July 20: Brooklyn Eagle reports completion and title The Man From Beyond. ("17 weeks in the making.") [2]
July 25-31: Houdini begins production on Haldane of the Secret Service. [2]
➤ July 27: Papers report Gladys Leslie signed as leading woman in Haldane of the Secret Service. [2]

Aug. 1-7:
Aug. 8-14:
Aug. 15-21:
Aug. 22-28:
Aug. 29-Sept. 4: Houdini in Valatie, NY, shooting water wheel escape for Haldane of the Secret Service at Beaver Falls. [2]
➤ Fri. Sept. 2: Dunkirk Observer reports Houdini filmed wedding scene (?) with Gladys Leslie in "Brooklyn the other night." [2]

Sept. 5-11:
➤ Sat., Sept. 10: Houdini performs suspended straitjacket at Police Field Day at Gravesend Racetrack in Brooklyn, NY. [2]
Sept. 12-18:
➤ Sun., Sept. 18: New York Tribune reports completion of Haldane of the Secret Service[2]
Sept. 19-25:
Sept. 26-Oct. 2:

Oct. 3-9:
➤ Sun., Oct. 9: The Baltimore Sun reports completion of Haldane of the Secret Service after "shooting a number of exterior scenes at Chatham, NY." [2]
Oct. 10-16:
Oct. 17-23:
Oct. 24-30:
Oct. 31- Nov. 6:
➤ Tues., Nov. 1: Houdini speaks at luncheon Young Men's Hebrew Association at Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, Philadelphia, PA. [2]

Nov. 7-13:
Nov. 14-20:
Nov. 21-27:
Nov. 28-Dec. 4:

Dec. 5-11:
Dec. 12-18:
➤ Papers report Houdini signs for Keith's tour at $25,000 for nine weeks. [2]
Dec. 19-25: Keith's Theater, Boston, MA [1][2]
The Grim Game plane crash sequence is shown as part of act. [2]
Dec. 26-Jan. 1:


Primary Sources:
[1] Koval, Frank. The Illustrated Houdini Research Diary, Part 6: 1921 to 1926. 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 letter, cable, contract, or signed item.
[6] Original pitchbook, program, playbill or poster.
[7] Houdini diary.
✪ Denotes a first or possible first.

Additional Sources (1921):
[8] Silverman, Kenneth. NOTES to Houdini!!! Washington: Kaufman & Greenberg, 1996.
[9] Ernst, Bernard M. L., and Heward Carrington. Houdini and Conan Doyle: The Story of a Strange Friendship. New York: Albert & Charles Boni, Inc., 1932

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