The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1923

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Last update: 4/14/18
Weeks run Monday to Sunday.

Jan. 1-7: Palace Theater, Milwaukee, WI [1][2]
Jan. 8-14: Palace Theater, Chicago, IL [1]
Jan. 15-21: Orpheum Theater, St. Louis, MO [1][2]
Jan. 22-28: Orpheum Theater, Kansas City, MO [1]
Jan. 29-Feb. 4: Orpheum Theater, Des Moines, IA [1][2]
➤ Sat., Feb 3: Houdini attends Shriners luncheon at Caravan club, Hotel Fort Des Moines.

Feb. 5-11: Hennepin-Orpheum Theater, Minneapolis, MN [1][2]
➤ Wed., Feb 7: Suspended straitjacket escape 100 ft. from Tribune building, 4th Street. [2]
Feb. 12-18: Orpheum Theater, St. Paul, MI [1]
Feb. 19-25: Orpheum Theater, Winnipeg, Canada [1][2]
✪ ➤ Tues., Feb. 20: Houdini writes Doyle telling him he's joined the Scientific American committee. [9]
➤ Wed., Feb. 21: Suspended straitjacket escape from Free Press building on Carlton St., 30 feet. [2][5]
Feb. 26-March 4: Orpheum Theater, Vancouver, Canada (opens Feb. 28) [1][2]
➤ Thurs., March 1: Suspended straitjacket escape at Pender and Beatty Streets, 25 feet. [2]

March 5-11: Moore Theater, Seattle, WA [1]
March 12-18: Heilig Theater, Portland, OR [1]
March 19-25: Orpheum Theater, San Francisco, CA [1][2][10]
➤ Mon., March 19: Suspended straitjacket escape from the Hearst Building at 3rd and Market. [2][10]
➤ Wed., March 21: Houdini and Louise Dresser are guests of honor at dinner at Hattie and Minnie Mooser's Aladdin Studio. [2]
➤ Fri., March 23: Houdini "looks over" Tribune Tower in Oakland in anticipation of suspended jacket escape. [2]
➤ [Date?]: Houdini accepts challenge to be tied to burning stake by Boy Scouts in San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza. [10]
March 26-April 1: Orpheum Theater, Oakland, CA [2]
➤ Houdini on bill with Jack Benny. [2]
➤ Tues., March 27: Houdini does suspended straitjacket escape from the Tribune Tower construction site, 122 feet up. [2]

April 2-8: Orpheum Theater, Los Angeles, CA [1][2]
➤ Tues., April 3: Sir Arthur Conan Doyles arrives in New York for start of second tour. [5][9]
➤ Wed., April 4: Suspended straitjacket escape from the Examiner building. [2]
➤ Fri., April 6: Houdini celebrates 49th birthday.
April 9-15:
➤ Wed., April 11: Houdini visits First Spiritualist Church of Los Angeles. Produces "unexplainable" photo under test conditions. [3][4]
➤ Thurs., April 12: Houdini guest of honor at SAM dinner at the City Club. Says he has produced a spirit photo he cannot explain. [2]
April 16-22: Golden Gate Theater (Junior Orpheum), San Francisco, CA [1][2]
➤ Mon., April 16: Houdini gives free spiritualism lecture at Paul Elder Gallery. [2]
➤ Thurs., April 19: Houdini gives second free spiritualism lecture at Paul Elder Gallery. [2]
➤ Sat., April 21: Houdini gives special Children's Matinee at Golden Gate Theater. [6]
April 23-29: Hillstreet Theater (Junior Orpheum), Los Angeles, CA [2]
➤ Fri., April 27: Houdini gives well-publicized spiritualism lecture at Hillstreet. [2]
➤ [Date?]: Houdini does ball and chain pool escape at Ambassador Hotel. [6]
April 30-May 6:

May 7-13: Orpheum Theater, Denver, CO (Houdini stays at the Brown Palace Hotel.) [1][4]
➤ Tues., May 8: Conan Doyle and family see Houdini's show. Houdini and Doyle discuss spiritualism in dressing room. Houdini shows him MacVicker/L.A. photo. [4][9]
➤ Wed., May 9: Houdini spends morning with Doyles. Bess attends Doyle's lecture at the Ogden Theater that night. [4][9]
➤ Thurs, May 10: Houdini and Jim Collins sit for Denver spirit photographer Alexander Martin. [Pic] [2][4]
May 14-20: State-Lake Theater, Chicago, IL [1][2]
➤ Sun., May 20: Major exposure article runs in Oakland Tribune Magazine: "Houdini Unmasks the Mediums." [2]
May 21-27:
➤ Wed., May 23: Doyle writes to Houdini re Tribune article: "It is so filled with errors that I don't know where to begin." [5][9]
✪ ➤ Thrurs., May 24: Houdini and Scientific American committee investigate of George Valiantine in offices at Woolworth Bldg., NY. First official committee test. [3]
➤ Fri., May 25: Conan Doyle publishes rebuttal to Houdini in Oakland Tribune: "Doyle Challenges Houdini Statement." [2]
➤ Sat., May 26: Papers report Scientific American exposure of George Valiantine with details provided by Houdini. Leak angers committee. [2][9]
May 28-June 3:
➤ Fri., June 1: Houdini presides over S.A.M. Annual Dinner at Hotel McAplin, NY. [1][2]

June 4-10:
➤ Tues., June 5: Houdini gives dinner at 278 in honor of Dr. A. M. Wilson. [1]
➤ Sun., June 10: Papers announce Houdini lecture tour for "next season." [2]
June 11-17:
June 18-24:
June 25-July 1:

July 2-8:
➤ Wed., July 4: Houdini stops and starts rain at 4th of July party at home of Bernard Ernst in Sea Cliff, NY.  [2]
July 9-15:
July 16-22:
July 23-29:
July 30-Aug. 5:

Aug. 6-12:
➤ Mon., Aug. 6: Houdini discusses "Mystery Mongers and Fraud Mediums" on WOR Radio at 8:30 pm. [2]
Aug. 13-19:
Aug. 20-26:
Aug. 27-Sept. 2: Columbia Theater, Davenport, IA [2]

Sept. 3-9: Orpheum Theater, Omaha, NE [1]
Sept. 10-16:
Sep 17-23:
Sept. 24-30:
➤ [Date?]: Houdini Lectures at the University of Illinois [1][4]

Oct. 1-7:
➤ [Date?]: Houdini lectures at the Marquette University, Milwaukee WI [1][4]
Oct. 8-14: Palace Theater, Chicago, IL [6]
✪ ➤ Sat., Oct. 13: Haldane of the Secret Service plays at the Lyceum Theater, Ithaca, NY. First showing? [2]
Oct. 15-21: Orpheum Theater, Kansas City, MO [1]
➤ Sat., Oct. 20: Haldane of the Secret Service at the New Tiffin, Chicago, IL [2]
Oct. 22-28:
Oct. 29-Nov. 4: Majestic Theater, Dallas, TX [1][8]
➤ [Date?]: Suspended straitjacket from 4th floor of Dallas City Hall on Commerce Street. [8]
➤ Wed., Oct. 31: Spiritualism lecture at University of Dallas. [8]

Nov. 5-11: Majestic Theater, Houston, TX [1][8]
Haldane of the Secret Service plays the Cozy Theater, Houston this week. [2][8]
➤ Mon., Nov. 5: Houdini discusses spiritualism on WEAY Radio. States he believes in God and the Hereafter. [8]
➤ Tues., Nov. 6: Houdini makes one-night appearance at the Grand Opera House in Galveson, TX. [8]
➤ Wed., Nov. 7: Houdini spiritualism lecture to Friendly Fellow Club at YMCA of Houston. [8]
➤ Thurs., Nov. 8: Suspended straitjacket from Chronicle bldg. [8]
Nov. 12-18: Majestic Theater, San Antonio, TX (12-15) / Hancock Opera House (West 6th St.), Austin, TX (16-17). [2][8]
➤ Mon. Nov. 12: Suspended straitjacket from San Antonio City Hall. [8]
➤ Tues., Nov. 13: Houdini discusses spiritualism on WAOI Radio. [8]
➤ Fri. Nov. 16: Houdini speaks to Young Men's Business League at Driskill Hotel. [2][8]
➤ Fri. Nov. 16: Suspended straitjacket from 5th floor of Littlefield bldg. [8]
Haldane of the Secret Service plays at Austin's Crescent Theater this week. Houdini makes personal appearance. [2][8]
Nov. 19-25: Majestic Theater, Fort Worth, TX [1][8]
➤ Thurs., Nov. 22: Suspended straitjacket from Star-Telegram bldg., Seventh & Taylor. [8]
Nov. 26-Dec. 2: Orpheum Theater, Wichita, KS [1][11]
➤ [Date?]: Suspended straitjacket escape from Beacon Bldg, Wichita. [2][11]

Dec. 3-9: Orpheum Theater, Oklahoma City, OK / Orpheum Theater, Tulsa, OK [1]
Dec. 10-16: Majestic Theater, Little Rock, AR [1][2]
➤ Fri., Dec. 14: Houdini writes Dunninger saying he has hurt his right leg and will be back in NYC for a few days "laying off." [2][5]
Dec. 17-23:
➤ Tues., Dec 18: Houdini and Scientific American committee test Nino Pecoraro. Houdini binds medium so he cannot escape. [2][3][8]
Dec. 24-30: Orpheum Theater, St. Louis, MO [1][2]
➤ Mon., Dec. 24: Conan Doyle pens angry letter to Houdini: "You can't bitterly and offensively--often also untruly--attack a subject and yet expect courtesies from those who honour that subject." [5][9]
Dec. 31-Jan. 6:


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 (1923):
[8] Cartlidge, Ron. Houdini's Texas Tours 1916 & 1923. Austin: Ron Cartlidge Publications, 2002.
[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.
[10] Christine U'Ren, Houdini in Vanishing San Francisco, part 3 (1923-4).
[11] Don Creekmore

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