The New Houdini Chronology documents every week of Houdini's life with known performances and notable events. On this page you can view a rotation of sample years as I continue to build on it. My plan is to eventually offer the complete chronology as a book. I hope you'll find this a useful reseach tool and enjoy the previews!


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Europe's Eclipsing Sensation: 1900-1905

Today I'm sharing a new block of preview years from The New Houdini Chronology: 1900 to 1905. These are the years that saw Houdini's breakout fame as the "King of Handcuffs and World Champion Jail Breaker" across England, Germany, France, Holland, and Russia.

As a bonus, I've also included the massive "A.D." page that tracks the amazing afterlife of Houdini from 1927 to the present. As always, your comments and contributions are welcome.

As you can see, I'm no longer offering the entire chronology online. This is because I'm working toward publishing it as a book. But if you ever need any specific information related to a date not currently previewed, feel free to get in touch.

I hope you enjoy this latest peek inside The New Houdini Chronology.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Challenges are coming!

Currently The New Houdini Chronology shows listings for where Houdini performed during a given week along with select escapes, such as bridge jumps and jail breaks, and notable events, such as the Margery seances, etc. But I've now decided to "kick it up a notch" and include all the Challenge escapes that Houdini faced during his engagements. Here's a taste from 1906:

Sept, 24-30: Chase's Theater, Washington, D.C.
➤ Tues., Sept. 25: Challenged by Saks & Co. to escape packing case constructed on stage.
➤ Wed., Sept. 26: Challenged with Blackwell's Island Asylum straitjacket with leg bag and ropes.
➤ Thurs., Sept. 27: Houdini escapes "rope imprisonment in a chair."
➤ Fri., Sept. 28: Challenged by Knabe & Co. to escape piano case lined with zinc and screw-fastened.

Happily, Houdini's many challenges are well documented with handbills and newspaper advertisements. Of course, this means going back under the hood (and back into in a major way, but that's the fun!

I hope to have a fair amount of Challenges worked into the chronology when I offer my next batch of sample years.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Now showing the formative years: 1874 to 1899

I'm kicking off this dedicated page to The New Houdini Chronology by featuring Houdini's childhood and his years of his early career struggle: 1874 to 1899.

These years offer a fascinating look at Houdini's long hard road to success. As a bonus, I've included the "A.D." page that tracks the amazing afterlife of Houdini from 1927 to the present. As always, your comments and contributions are welcome.

I hope you enjoy this peek inside The New Houdini Chronology.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

The New Houdini Chronology is complete

What better day than today, HOUDINI'S BIRTHDAY, to announce the completion of my New Houdini Chronology. The chronology covers 144 years from the birth of Ehrich Weiss to today, with the years of Houdini's professional life broken down into every week.

When I started this, I was simply thinking I could fill in some of the gaps left behind by Frank Koval in his own Illustrated Houdini Research Diary. But I now feel like I've gone way beyond what Koval was able to offer. I also feel like I've learned more about Houdini in the past four months than I have in the past 40 years. This has been a Wild project indeed.

 So what now? Well, I will continue to work on the chronology, adding more appearances and significant events, and no doubt making corrections to what I have. Eventually I will offer some kind of printed version. But for the moment, I'm just happy  to have all the years completed to the best of my ability.

One thing I'd recommend for collectors is to look up the dates on your signed photos and letters. It's fun to discover exactly where Houdini was when he signed your item.

Hope you all find this a useful tool. Enjoy!