The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1924

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Last update: 4/9/18
Weeks run Monday to Sunday.

Dec. 31-Jan. 6:
Jan. 7-13: Rialto Theater, St. Louis, MO [1][2]
Jan. 14-20: Palace Theater, Rockford, IL [1]
Jan. 21-27: Orpheum Theater, Madison, WI [1]
➤ Tues, Jan. 22: Houdini lectures on spiritualism at Lions Club, Madison, WI. [2]
➤ Thurs, Jan. 24: Houdini lectures on "The Art of Mystification" at Music Hall, Madison, WI. [2]
Jan. 28-Feb. 3: Palace Theater, South Bend, IN [1]

Feb. 4-10: Majestic Theater, Springfield, IL [1]
Feb. 11-17: State-Lake Theater, Chicago, IL. [2][5]
Feb. 18-24:
✪ ➤ Mon., Feb. 18: Spiritualism lecture ("Fraudulent Spiritualistic Phenomena") at Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA. Coit-Alber Lyceum Bureau tour begins. [6]
➤ Wed., Feb. 20: Spirit lecture at Library Theatre, Warren, PA. Also does Needles and Milk Can. [2]
➤ Thurs., Feb. 21: Spirit lecture ("Fraud Mediums and Miracle Mongers") at Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh, PA [1][2][6]
➤ [Date?]: Spirit lecture at Pine Street Methodist Church, Williamsport, PA [2][15]
Feb. 25-March 2:
➤ Mon., Feb. 25: Spirit lecture at Music Hall, Akron, OH [2]
➤ Tues., Feb. 26: Spirit lecture at Hotel Ohio Ball Room, [City?], OH [6][11]

March 3-9: Haldane of the Secret Service and The Man From Beyond continue to open and play in theaters. [2]
➤ Tues., March 4: Spirit lecture at University of Virginia, Charlotteville, NC [2]
➤ Wed., March 5: Spirit lecture at Central High School, Charlotte, NC [2]
➤ Thurs., March 6: Spirit lecture at Textile Hall, Greenville, SC [2]
March 10-16:
➤ Tues., March 11: Spirit lecture at Ryman auditorium, Nashville, TN [2]
➤ Thurs., March 13: Spirit lecture ("Can the Living Communicate with the Dead?") at Woman's Club auditorium, Atlanta, GA. Stays at Ansley Hotel. [2]
➤ Thurs., March 13: Houdini gives short speech at Ad club "travesty" about Teapot Dome scandal. [2]
➤ Thurs., March 13: Dr. S.S. Baldwin "The White Mahatma" dies in San Francisco at 76. [2]
March 17-23:
➤ Mon., March 17: Houdini completes lecture tour in Florida [venue unknown]. [5]
➤ Fri., March 21: Houdini and Hereward Carrington attend trial of "psychic maid" Eugenie Dennis. [2]
March 24-30:
➤ Mon., March 24: Houdini speaks at Washington-Lee University and Virginia Military Institute. [2]
March 31-April 6:
➤ Sun., April 6: Houdini celebrates 50th birthday with large family party at 278. [10]
➤ Sun., April 6: Papers report Houdini re-engaged by Coit-Alber Lyceum Bureau for an 8 week lecture tour in 1925 [sic]. [2]

April 7-13:
April 14-20:
April 21-27:
April 28-May 4:
✪ ➤ Thurs., May 1: A Magician Among The Spirits is published by Harper Brothers. [2]

May 5-11:
➤ Mon., May 5: Houdini writes Doyle offering to send copy of A Magician Among the Spirits. Letter goes unanswered. Doyle-Houdini correspondence and friendship at an end. [5][9]
➤ Tues., May 6: Houdini and Scientific American investigate Argamasilla. [2]
May 12-18:
➤ Sun., May 18: Houdini debates spiritualism with Dr. Walter. F. Prince at St. Marks Church, NYC. [2]
May 19-25:
May 26-June 1:

June 2-8: Imprisoned with the Pharaohs appears in June-July issue of Weird Tales magazine.
➤ Fri., June 6: Houdini presides over 20th annual S.A.M. dinner at Hotel McAlpin, NYC.
June 9-15:
June 16-22:
➤ Sun., June 22: Houdini and Bess mark 30th anniversary.
June 23-29:
June 30-July 6: Houdini is reported as attending the Democratic Convention in NYC this week.
➤ Wed., July 2: Houdini does talk on radio.

July 7-13: Haldane of the Secret Service and The Man From Beyond continue to play in theaters. [2]
July 14-20:
July 21-27:
✪ ➤ Wed., July 23: Houdini and Scientific American committee have first séance with Mina Crandon a.k.a "Margery" at her home at 10 Lime Street, Boston, MA. [1][5]
➤ Thurs., July 24: Houdini and Scientific American committee second séance with Margery at Charlesgate Hotel (535 Beacon Street), Boston, MA. [1][5]
➤ Thurs., July 24: Houdini takes famous photo of Margery. [5]
July 28-Aug. 3:

Aug. 4-10:
Aug. 11-17:
➤ Thurs., Aug. 14: Papers report Margery "may win" Scientific American prize. [2]
➤ Fri., Aug. 15: Houdini performs at circus big top benefit in Southport, CT. [2]
Aug. 18-24:
Aug. 25-31:
➤ Mon., Aug. 25: Third séance with Margery at Charlesgate Hotel. "Margie Box" used. [4]
➤ Tues., Aug. 26: Fourth séance with Margery at Charlesgate with reinforced "Margie Box". Ruler incident. [4]
➤ Wed., Aug. 27: Fifth séance with Margery at Charlesgate. Dr. Comstock control device used. Séance blank. Dr. Crandon offers $10,000 to charity if Houdini will see the light. [4]
➤ Thurs., Aug. 28: Margery failure is reported in press along with resignation of J. Malcom Bird from SA committee. [2]

Sept. 1-7:
Sept. 8-14: Keith's Theater, Boston, MA [2]
Sept. 15-21: Houdini possibly plays Providence, RI and does a suspended straitjacket escape this week. [16]
Sept. 22-28:
Sept. 29-Oct. 5: Keith's Theater, Philadelphia, MA [2]

Oct. 6-12:
✪ ➤ Mon., Oct. 6: Houdini signs deal to create Red Magic syndicated newspaper insert. [4]
✪ ➤ Sun., Oct. 12: Houdini gives spirit lecture ("Can the Dead Speak to the Living?") at Texas State Fair, Dallas, TX. Second Affiliated Lyceum Bureau lecture tour begins? [2]
Oct. 13-19:
➤ Mon., Oct. 13: Spirit lecture at Auditorium, Waco, TX [2]
➤ Tues., Oct. 14: Spirit lecture in Denison, TX. Houdini stays at Hotel Denison. [2]
➤ Fri., Oct. 17: Spirit lecture at C.I.A. Auditorium, Denton, TX [2]
➤ Sat., Oct. 18: Spirit lecture at Ku Klux Klan Auditorium, Fort Worth, TX [8]
✪ ➤ Sun., Oct. 19: Houdini's pamphlet exposing methods of Margery and Argamasilla published. [1][4]
Oct. 20-26:
➤ Thurs, Oct. 23: Spirit lecture at Pocatello’s Auditorium Theater, Pocatello, ID [13]
➤ Sat., Oct. 25: Houdini does afternoon and evening lectures at Oakland auditorium, Oakland, CA [2]
➤ Sun., Oct 26: Spirit lecture at the White Theater, [City?], CA [6]
➤ [Date?]: Houdini lectures at Stanford University, Palo Alto. CA. [4]
➤ [Date?]: Houdini and Bess visit the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA. [4]
Oct. 27-Nov. 2:
➤ Mon., Oct 27: Houdini lectures at the Philharmonic Auditorium (427 W. 5th St. and Olive), Los Angeles, CA. Stays at Biltmore Hotel. [2]
➤ Tues., Oct 28: Second lecture at the Philharmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA. [2]
➤ Fri., Oct. 31: Spirit lecture at Scottish Rite Hall (Van Ness at Sutter), San Francisco, CA [2][14]
➤ Sat., Nov 1: Spirit lecture at the Medford Armory, Medford, OR. [2]

Nov. 3-9:
➤ Tues., Nov. 4: Spirit lecture at Public Auditorium, Portland, OR. (Same night as 1924 Presidential election.) [12]
Nov. 10-16:
➤ Mon., Nov. 10: Spirit lecture at Orchestra Hall, Chicago, IL. [2]
➤ Sat., Nov. 15: Spirit lecture at Emery Auditorium, Cincinnati, OH. [2][6]
✪ ➤ Sun., Nov. 16: Red Magic begins syndication in The Philadelphia Inquirer. [2]
Nov. 17-23:
➤ Thurs., Nov. 20: Sprit lecture at Kenilworth Hippodrome, Asheville, NC. [2]
➤ Fri., Nov. 21: Spirit lecture at Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill, NC. [2]
Nov. 24-30:
➤ Tues., Nov. 25: Spirit lecture at the Armory, Fredrick, Maryland. Stays at Francis Scott Key Hotel. [2]
➤ Tues., Nov. 26: Spirit lecture in Chambersburg, PA [2]

Dec. 1-7:
➤ Mon., Dec. 1: Spirit lecture at Bardavon, Poughkeepsie, NY. [2]
Dec. 8-14:
Dec. 15-21:
➤ Fri., Dec. 19: Margery's spirit guide Walter predicts Houdini will be dead within a year. [4]
➤ Sun. Dec 21: "Help Houdini Out of the Handcuffs" Red Magic issue appears. [2]
Dec. 22-Dec. 28:
➤ Tues., Dec. 23: The Houdinis send out 1924 Christmas card. [5]
➤ Wed., Dec. 24: Houdini performs at Sing Sing Prison, Ossining, NY [1]
Dec. 29-Jan. 4:
➤ Wed., Dec. 31: Houdini offers Margery $10,000 for phenomena he can not duplicate. [2]


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 (1924):
[8] Cartlidge, Ron. Houdini & the Klu Klux Klan. Austin: Ron Cartlidge Publications, 2005
[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] Gresham, William Lindsay. Houdini: The Man Who Walked Through Walls. New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1959.
[11] Moses, Arthur. Houdini Speaks Out. Fort Worth: Xlibris, 2007.
[12] ORHistory.com
[13] Souheast Idaho Yesteryear
[14] Christine U'Ren, Houdini in Vanishing San Francisco, part 3 (1923-4).
[15] Houdini Museum, Scranton, PA
[16] Film footage -- Houdini The Movie Star DVD set, Kino 2008.

2 comments:

  1. On page 353 in Culliton's Secret Confessions a letter from HH to a Mrs. Becker dated 9/28/1924 where he begins: Just came in from Washington...This would put HH in D.C. right before the 28th of September.

    Maybe with newspapers.com you can zero in on that D.C. trip, John.

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    1. Ah, very nice. Yes, maybe he played D.C. the week of the 22nd. Maybe I missed it. I will did a little deeper. Thanks!

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