The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1925

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Last update: 4/16/18
Weeks run Monday to Sunday.

Dec. 29-Jan. 4:
➤ Fri., Jan. 2: Houdini exposes Margery's methods at Symphony Hall in Boston, MA. [2][4]
Jan. 5-11:
➤ Mon., Jan. 5: Houdini issues $10,000 challenge to all mediums. [2]
Jan. 12-18: Hippodrome Theater, New York, NY [1][4]
➤ Houdini does spirit cabinet seance act and exposes tricks of mediums as "Zanetti", a crooked medium. [4][9]
Jan. 19-25: Hippodrome Theater, New York, NY - "Zanetti" act. [1][4][9]
Jan. 26-Feb. 1: Hippodrome Theater, New York, NY  - "Zanetti" act. [1][4][9]
➤ Houdini does overboard box in Hippodrome tank this week. [4]

Feb. 2-8: Hippodrome Theater, New York, NY  - "Zanetti" act. [1][4][9]
➤ Sun., Feb. 8: Houdini gives demonstration of "mental telepathy" at 278 for reporters. [2][4]
Feb. 9-15: Hippodrome Theater, NYC / E.F. Albee Theater, Brooklyn, NY [2][4]
➤ Police escort speeds Houdini between the two theaters this week. [4]
Feb. 16-22: Hippodrome Theater, New York, NY [1][4]
➤ Fri., Feb. 20: Houdini performs for Roosevelt grandchildren at home of Mrs. H.A. Alexander, 167 East 74th Street, NY. [2]
Feb. 23-March 1: Davis Theater, Pittsburgh, PA [1][2]
➤ Houdini does Metamorphosis this week. Papers refer to partner as "a girl." Bess? [2]
➤ Thurs., Feb. 26: Houdini speaks at Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce luncheon. [2]
➤ Sun., March 1: Houdini speaks from pulpit at Smithfield Street Methodist Episcopal Church. [2]

March 2-8: Davis Theater, Pittsburgh, PA [2]
➤ Houdini does spirit exposures at Davis all this week. Challenges Pittsburgh mediums. [2]
➤ Tues., March 3: Houdini does straitjacket and handcuff escapes from 80 foot fireman's ladder at 5th and Smithfield, Pittsburgh. [2]
➤ Sat., March 7: Houdini resigns from American Society for Psychical Research when he learns of appointment of J. Malcolm Bird. [2]
March 9-15: Keith's Palace Theater, Cleveland, OH [1][2]
➤ Fri., March 13: Houdini addresses Ministers of Greater Cleveland at Keith's at 11 AM. [6]
➤ Fri., March 13: Magician Club dinner with Servais LeRoy. [6]
March 16-22: Keith's Palace Theater, Cleveland, OH [1][2]
March 23-29: Keith's Temple Theater, Detroit, MI [1][2]
March 30-April 5: Keith’s Theater, Indianapolis, IN [1][2]
➤ Thurs., April 2: Suspended straitjacket escape from The Indianapolis News building. Houdini's last? [2]
➤ Fri., April 3: Houdini is guest at Shriners of Murat Temple event. [2]
➤ Sat., April 4: Houdini appears at Indianapolis Boy Scouts event. [2]

April 6-12: Keith’s Theater, Cincinnati, OH [1][2]
➤ Mon., April 6: Houdini celebrates 51st birthday.
April 13-19: Bushwick Theater (Broadway & Howard), Brooklyn, NY [1][2]
➤ Tues., April 14: Houdini performs with Will Rogers and others at "All Star Cabaret" at Astor home. [6]
April 20-26: Imperial Theater, Montreal, Canada [1]
➤ Mon., April 20: Houdini's librarian, Alfred Beck (80), dies in Roosevelt Hospital of bronchitis. [2]
April 27-May 3: Imperial Theater, Montreal , Canada [1]

May 4-10: Keith's Theater, Boston, MA [1]
May 11-17: Keith's Theater, Boston, MA [1]
May 18-24: Keith's Theater, Boston, MA [1]
May 25-31:

June 1-7: Hippodrome Theater, New York, NY [1]
June 8-14: Hippodrome Theater, New York, NY [1]
June 15-21:
➤ Thurs., June 18: Houdini gives lecture at the Police Department Detective School of the City of New York. [2]
➤ Fri., June 19: Papers report "Houdini Leaves Vaudeville." [2]
June 22-28:
June 29-July 5:
➤ Thurs., July 2: Houdini in disguise exposes seance of Mrs. Cecil M. Cook with flashlight. [2]

July 6-12:
July 13-19:
July 20-26:
➤ Wed., July 22: Houdina Radio Co. incident reported by papers. [2]
July 27-Aug. 2:

Aug. 3-9:
➤ Tues., Aug. 4: Houdini appears in court for Houdina Radio Co. incident. Charges dismissed when plaintiff George Young fails to appear. [2]
Aug. 10-16:
Aug. 17-23:
➤ Fri., Aug. 21: Houdini performs at fireman's benefit in Southport. [2]
➤ Sun., Aug 23: Fourteen mediums arrested in police raid in Anderson, Indiana with info provided by Houdini. Papers report Houdini will testify in court (unclear if he ever does). [2]
Aug. 24-30:
Aug. 31-Sept. 6: Maryland Theater, Baltimore, MD - 3 Shows in One [1]
✪ ➤ Mon., Aug. 31: First performance of Houdini's full evening 3 Shows in One.

Sept. 7-13: Alvin Theater, Pittsburgh, PA - 3 Shows in One [2]
➤ From Sept. 7 to Sept. 20 Houdini pens daily column answering reader question in The Pittsburg Press[2]
➤ Mon., Sept. 7: Howard Thurston attends show. Houdini introduces him from stage.
➤ Sun., Sept. 13: Houdini speaks at Bellevue Methodist Episcopal church. [2]
Sept. 14-20: Alvin Theater, Pittsburgh, PA - 3 Shows in One [2]
➤ Tues., Sept. 15: Houdini gives talk on magic on KDKA radio. [2]
➤ Thurs., Sept. 17: Medium Alice Dooley accepts Houdini $10,000 challenge. Tested on stage of Alvin. Fails to read 3 sealed messages. [2]
Sept. 21-27: Shubert Theater, Cincinnati, OH - 3 Shows in One [1][2]
➤ Houdini gives magic lessons on radio station WLM all this week. [2]
➤ Thurs., Sept. 24: Houdini is speaker at the Optimist Club at Hotel Gibson. [2]
Sept. 28-Oct. 4: Victory Theater, Dayton, OH - 3 Shows in One (Oct. 1-4) [2][5]

Oct. 5-11: Hartman Theater, Columbus, OH - 3 Shows in One [1][2][8]
➤ Sun., Oct. 11: Houdini speaks at All Souls Unitarian Church. [2]
Oct. 12-18: Shubert-Murat Theater, Indianapolis, IN - 3 Shows in One [1][2]
➤ Thurs., Oct. 15: Houdini visits crippled children at James Whitcomb Riley hospital. [2]
➤ Thurs., Oct. 17: Houdini performs free show for children from five orphan homes at Shubert-Murat. [2]
Oct. 19-25: Shubert Teck Theater, Buffalo, NY - 3 Shows in One [1][2]
➤ Sat., Oct. 24: Houdini gives free show for Buffalo newsboys. [2]
Oct. 26-Nov. 1: Weiting Opera House, Syracuse, NY - 3 Shows in One [1]
➤ During this week, Rose Mackenberg and Julia Sawyer infiltrate Lily Dale spiritualist summer camp. Houdini attends disguised as old man in wheelchair. [2][4]
➤ Sat., Oct. 31: Houdini spends Halloween confined to his hotel room with a bad cold. [4]

Nov. 2-8: Hanna Theater, Cleveland, OH - 3 Shows in One [1]
➤ Nov. 4: Papers report Houdini's exposure of slate medium P.L.O.A. Keeler. [2]
Nov. 9-15: Academy of Music, Baltimore, MD - 3 Shows in One [1][2][4]
Nov. 16-22: Shubert Theater, Newark, NJ - 3 Shows in One [2][5]
Nov. 23-29: Providence Opera House, Providence, RI - 3 Shows in One [5]
Nov. 30-Dec. 6: Parson’s Theater, Hartford, CT - 3 Shows in One (starts Dec 1). [1][2]
➤ Wed., Dec. 1: Houdini prints names and address of 8 Hartford mediums in papers and challenges them to appear at theater. [2]
➤ Wed., Dec. 3: Houdini gives talk on WTIC radio. (Read full text.) [2][5]

Dec. 7-13:
Dec. 14-20: Shubert 44th Street Theater, New York, NY - 3 Shows in One [1][2]
✪ ➤ Sun., Dec. 20: The Zanetti Mystery by Houdini first published in the Indianapolis Star. [2]
Dec. 21-27: Shubert 44th Street Theater, New York, NY - 3 Shows in One [1][2]
Dec. 28-Jan. 3: National Theater, 41st Street, New York, NY - 3 Shows in One [1][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 (1925):
[8] Hanosek, Joseph. Houdini!!! in Columbus, Ohio. Joseph Hanosek: 2015.
[9] Culliton, Patrick. Houdini Unlocked: The Tao of Houdini. Los Angeles: Kieran Press, 1997.

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