The New Houdini Chronology ☛ 1926

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Last update: 4/10/18
Weeks run Monday to Sunday.

Dec. 28-Jan. 3:
➤ Sun., Jan. 3: Papers report Houdini breaks ankle. Performs show with cane. (Likely happened during last days of 1925.) [2]
Jan. 4-10: National Theater, New York, NY - 3 Shows in One [1]
Jan. 11-17: National Theater, New York, NY - 3 Shows in One [1][2]
Jan. 18-24: Shubert Belasco Theater, Washington, D.C., MD - 3 Shows in One [1][2]
Jan. 25-31: Teller's Shubert Theater, Brooklyn, NY - 3 Shows in One [2]

Feb. 1-7: Chestnut St. Opera House, Philadelphia, PA - 3 Shows in One [1][2]
Feb. 8-14: Chestnut St. Opera House, Philadelphia PA - 3 Shows in One [1][2]
Feb. 15-21: Chestnut St. Opera House, Philadelphia PA - 3 Shows in One [1][2]
➤ Sun., Feb. 21: Houdini nearly causes "riot"in Broad Street Theater while debating J. Malcolm Bird. [2]
Feb. 22-28: Orpheum Theater, Reading, PA - 3 Shows in One (Feb 22-23 only) [2]
➤ Fri., Feb. 26: Houdini testifies before the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. in support of H.R. 8989, bill seeking to outlaw Fortune Telling in District of Columbia. [2]

March 1-7: Bronx Opera House, New York, NY - 3 Shows in One [1]
March 8-14: Princess, Theater, Chicago, IL - 3 Shows in One [1][2]
March 15-21: Princess Theater, Chicago, IL - 3 Shows in One [1][2]
March 22-28: Princess Theater, Chicago, IL - 3 Shows in One [1][2]
March 29-April 4: Princess Theater, Chicago, IL - 3 Shows in One [1][2]
➤ Houdini card flourishes footage plays at Royal Theater, Kansas City as Velvet Fingers. [2]

April 5-11: Princess Theater, Chicago, IL - 3 Shows in One [1][2]
➤ Tues., April 6: Houdini celebrates 52nd birthday.
April 12-18: Princess Theater, Chicago, IL - 3 Shows in One [1][2]
➤ Fri., April 16: Annie M. Benninghofen, trumpet medium, admits to using trickery for 30 years. Joins Houdini show and gives demonstrations. [2]
April 19-25: Princess Theater, Chicago, IL - 3 Shows in One [1][2]
April 26-May 2: Princess Theater, Chicago, IL - 3 Shows in One [1][2]

May 3-9: Goodyear Theater, Akron, OH (May 3-5) / Majestic Theater, Harrisburg, PA (May 6-9) [1][2]
➤ Tues., May 4: Houdini speaks at Lions Club meeting at Masonic temple. [2]
May 10-16:
May 17-23:
➤ Tues., May 18: Houdini again testifies before the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. in support of H.R. 8989. Rose Mackenberg also takes stand. [2][9]
➤ Wed., May 19: Houdini delivers affidavit to Everett Sanders, secretary of President Coolidge, at White House. [2]
➤ Thurs., May 20: Houdini testifies before the House of Representatives. Does slates trick. [2][9]
➤ Fri., May 21: Houdini testifies at House of Representatives hearings. H.R. 8989 does not pass. [2][9]
May 24-30:
May 31-June 6:
➤ Fri., June 4: Houdini presides over annual dinner of S.A.M. [2]

June 7-13:
June 14-20:
June 21-27:
➤ Sun., June 27: Houdini appears at Theatrical and Sports Field Day at Polo Grounds, New York, NY. [2]
June 28-July 4:

July 5-9:
July 12-18:
July 19-25:
➤ Fri., July 23: Papers report Rahman Bey remains in sealed casket for one hour. Says "Where's Houdini?" on emerging. [2]
July 26-Aug. 1:

Aug. 2-8:
➤ [Date?]: Houdini conducts first test in air-tight casket un-submerged. Remains one hour, ten minutes. [5]
➤ Wed., Aug. 4: Houdini conducts second test in submerged casket. Remains one hour, thirteen minutes. [5]
✪ ➤ Thurs., Aug. 5: The Hotel Shelton pool test. Remains one hour, thirty-one minutes. [2][3][4]
Aug. 9-15:
Aug. 16-22:
➤ Fri., Aug. 20: Houdini places in his safe a packet of photographic negatives for use in a possible biography along with a note for Bess to use or burn as she sees fit. [4]
Aug. 23-29:
Aug. 30-Sept. 5: Lyceum Theater, Paterson, NJ - 3 Shows in One (Sept. 2-4) [1]

Sept. 6-12:
➤ Fri., Sept. 10: Papers announce $25,000 lawsuit against Houdini by spiritualist George B. Cutter. [2]
Sept. 13-19: Shubert Majestic Theater, Boston, MA - 3 Shows in One [1][2][4]
✪ ➤ New feats include Flight of Time, Radio 1950, Slicing a Girl in Eights, and Buried Alive.
➤ Sat., Sept. 18: Houdini considers another sitting with Margery, who is now producing ectoplasm. [4][5]
Sept. 20-26:
Sept. 27-Oct. 3: Worcester Opera House, Worcester, MA (does Buried Alive) - 3 Shows in One [2]
➤ Tues., Sept. 28: Submerged casket test at Worcester YMCA. Remans one hour, eleven minutes. [2]
➤ Thurs., Sept. 30: Summerfield's sealed casket test. One hour. Last outdoor stunt. [2]
➤ Sun., Oct. 3: Show opens in Providence, RI. [11]

Oct. 4-10: Providence Opera House, Providence, RI - 3 Shows in One [1]
➤ Mon., Oct. 5: Houdini hires Elliot Sanford as private secretary. [5]
➤ Thurs., Oct. 7: Bess is struck down with food poising. [11]
➤ Fri-Sat., Oct. 8-9: Houdini sits up all night with ill Bess. Sends her and show ahead to Albany. Takes overnight train to New York City. [4][11]
➤ Sun., Oct. 10: Houdini attends to business in New York City. Takes overnight train to Albany. [11]
Oct. 11-17: Capitol Theater, Albany NY (11-14) / Van Curler Theater, Schenectady, NY (15-17) - 3 Shows in One [1][2][4]
➤ Mon., Oct. 11: Houdini breaks left ankle doing the Water Torture Cell in Albany. X-rayed at Memorial Hospital. [2][4]
Oct. 18-24: Princess Theater, Montreal, Canada - 3 Shows in One [1][2]
➤ Tues., Oct 19: Houdini lectures at police headquarters in morning and McGill University in afternoon. Pickleman punch. [4][8]
➤ Tues., Oct 19: Houdini does radio interview after evening show (11 PM). [4]
➤ Fri., Oct. 22: Houdini punched in the stomach by J. Gordon Whitehead in dressing room of Princess Theater. [3][4]
➤ Sat., Oct. 23: Houdini leaves Montreal at 11:00 PM aboard overnight train to Detroit. Doctor wired from London, Ontario. [8]
➤ Sun., Oct. 24: Houdini gives his final performance at Garrick Theater, Detroit, MI. Taken to hospital at 3 AM. [3]

Oct. 25-31: Houdini in Grace Hospital.
➤ Mon., Oct. 25: Houdini undergoes operation. Appendix removed. [2]
➤ Tues., Oct. 26: Papers report Houdini fighting for life. Nathan, Theo and Gladys arrive in Detroit. [2]
➤ Wed., Oct. 27: Doctors report condition unchanged. [2]
➤ Thurs., Oct. 28: Doctors report Houdini shows slight improvement. [2]
➤ Fri., Oct. 29: Doctors report Houdini has relapsed. Experimental serum is administered. Second operation performed for paralysis of the bowels. [2][4]
➤ Sat., Oct. 30: Doctors report they have not abandoned all hope. Temp at 10:00 AM is 103.4. [2]
➤ Sun., Oct. 31: Houdini dies at 1:26 PM.

Nov. 1-7:
➤ Mon, Nov. 1: Houdini's body leaves Detroit aboard train at 7:10 PM. [2]
➤ Tues., Nov. 2: Houdini's body arrives in New York at 9:30 AM. Bess in wheelchair. [2]
➤ Wed., Nov. 3: Houdini's body lies in state in NYC funeral chapel. [2]
➤ Thurs., Nov. 4: Funeral services at Elks Club on West 43rd Street. Houdini buried at Machpelah Cemetery, Queens, NY. [2][3]
➤ Fri., Nov. 5: Bess issues statement saying Houdini's secrets will never be revealed. [2]

Nov. 8-14:
➤ Thurs., Nov. 11: Houdini's Will is read. Hardeen inherits magic. [2]
Nov. 15-21:
Nov. 20-28:
Nov. 29-Dec. 5:

Dec. 6-12:
Dec. 13-19:
Dec. 20-26:
Dec. 27-Jan. 2: The Man From Beyond is released in UK this week by the Unity Film Co. [10]


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 (1926):
[8] Bell, Don. The Man Who Killed Houdini. Ontario: Vehicle Press, 2004.
[9] Transcript. Fortune Telling: Hearings before the Subcommittee on Judiciary of the Committee on the District of Columbia House of Representatives, Sixty-Ninth Congress, First Session on H.R. 8989. Washington Government Printing Office, 1926.
[10] Joe Notaro, Harry Houdini Circumstantial Evidence.
[11] Gresham, William Lindsay. Houdini: The Man Who Walked Through Walls. New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1959.

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