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!

1901

Weeks run Monday to Sunday.
Last update: 2/9/19

Dec. 31-Jan. 6: Alhambra Theater, London, UK. [1][9]
Jan. 7-13: Alhambra Theater, London, UK. [1][9]
Jan. 14-20: Alhambra Theater, London, UK. [1][9]
Jan. 21-27: Alhambra Theater, London, UK. [1][9]
Jan. 28-Feb. 3: Alhambra Theater, London, UK. [1][8][9]

Feb. 4-10: People's Palace, Bradford, UK. [1][6][8][9]
[n.d.] Houdini issues $5000 Challenge to anyone who can duplicate his escapes under test conditions. [6]
Fri., Feb. 8: Standing room sells for ten shillings and seats sold on stage. Hundreds turned away. [6]
Feb. 11-17:
Feb. 18-24: Crystal Palast, Leipzig, Germany. [1][6]
Feb. 25-March 3: Crystal Palast, Leipzig, Germany. [1][6]

March 4-10: Apollo Theater, Dusseldorf, Germany. [1][6]
March 11-17: Apollo Theater, Dusseldorf, Germany. [1][6]
March 18-24: [venue unknown], Frankfurt on Main, Germany. [1][6]
March 25-31: [venue unknown], Frankfurt on Main, Germany. [1][6]

April 1-7: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany. [1][6]
Sat., April 6: Houdini celebrates 27th birthday.
April 8-14: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany. [1][6]
April 15-21: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany. [1][6]
April 22-28: Hansa Theater, Hamburg , Germany. [1][6]
Fri., April 26: Houdini writes first column for New York Dramatic Mirror (published May 18). [10]
April 29-May 5: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany. [1][6]
[n.d.]: Houdini and Mama travel to Budapest for "two ecstatically happy days." [3]

May 6-12: Colosseum, Essen Ruhr, Germany. [1][6]
[n.d.] Krupp Steel Works super cuffs challenge. [6]
May 13-19: Colosseum, Essen Ruhr, Germany. [1][6]
May 20-26: Colosseum, Essen Ruhr, Germany. [1][6]
May 27-June 2: Colosseum, Essen Ruhr, Germany. [1][6]
Fri., May 31: Houdini presented with Silver Bowl by Colosseum managers Schultz and Wolf. [6]

June 3-9: Salamander Theater, Elberfeld, Germany. [6]
June 10-16: Salamander Theater, Elberfeld, Germany. [6]
June 17-23: Corty-Althoff Circus, Dortmund, Germany. [6]
Sat., June 22: Harry & Bess celebrate 7th anniversary. Take "Wedding Day" photo. [5]
June 24-30: Corty-Althoff Circus, Dortmund, Germany. [6]
[n.d.] Houdini escapes irons worn by the murderer Glowisky while he was beheaded 3 days earlier. [6]

June 31-July 7: Corty-Althoff Circus, Dortmund, Germany. [6]
➤ Sat., July 6: Houdini writes to Martin Beck asking to be released from his contact. "I would like to know how much you want to call all things off, and return me my signature." [3][5][12]
July 8-14: Althoff Circus, Bochum, Germany. [6]
July 15-21: Althoff Circus, Osnabruck, Germany. [6]
July 22-28: Althoff Circus, Cologne, Germany. [6]
Thurs., July 25: Werner Graff article appears in Rheinische Zeitung claiming Houdini a fraud.
July 29-Aug. 4:

Aug. 5-11: [It's possible Houdini played with the Corty-Althoff Circus throughout August.]
Aug. 12-18:
Aug. 19-25:
Aug. 26-Sept. 1:

Sept. 2-8: Ticheys Theater, Prague, Bohemia. [1][10]
Sept. 9-15: Ticheys Theater, Prague, Bohemia. [1][10]
[n.d.] Houdini's pitchbook notes he "drew packed houses, but broke no records." [6]
Sept. 16-22: Mellini Theater, Hanover, Germany. [1][6]
Tues., Sept. 17: Challenge straitjacket escape takes over an hour. [6]
Sept. 23-29: Mellini Theater, Hanover, Germany. [1][6]
Mon., Sept. 23: Houdini writes Will codicil leaving savings in Deutsches Bank, Berlin (Maurer Strasse 32) to Bess and Hardeen. [source?]
Sept. 30-Oct. 6: Scala Theater, Copenhagen, Denmark. [1][6]

Oct. 7-13: Scala Theater, Copenhagen, Denmark. [1][6]
Oct. 14-20: Saalbau Theater, Copenhagen, Denmark. [1][6]
Oct. 21-27: Saalbau Theater, Mannheim, Germany. [1][6]
Oct. 28-Nov. 3: Circus Carre, Bremen, Germany. [1][6]

Nov. 4-10: Circus Carre, Bremen, Germany. [1][6]
Nov. 11-17: Circus Carre, Bremen, Germany. [1][6]
Nov. 18-24: Circus Carre, Bremen, Germany. [1][6]
Nov. 25-Dec. 1: Olympia Theater, Paris, France. [1][5][11]
Fri., Nov. 29: Opens at Olympia, first appearance in Paris. [5][11]

Dec. 2-8: Olympia Theater, Paris, France. [1][6]
Dec. 9-15: Olympia Theater, Paris, France. [1][6]
Sun., Dec. 15: Houdini and Hardeen pose for photos at Rue Drouoi JLavier in Paris. [5]
Dec. 16-22: Olympia Theater, Paris, France. [1][6]
Dec. 23-29: Olympia Theater, Paris, France. [1][6]
Dec. 30-Jan. 5: Olympia Theater, Paris, France. [1][6]

Primary Sources:
[1] Koval, Frank. The Illustrated Houdini Research Diary, Part 2: 1900 to 1905. Chadderton: 1993.
[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 Houdini letter, cable, contract or signed photo.
[6] Original pitchbook, program, playbill or poster.
[7] Houdini diary.
✪ Denotes a first or possible first.

Additional Sources (1901):
[8] Tait, Derek. The Great Houdini: His British Tours. Barnsley: Pen & Sword Books, 2017.
[9] David De-Val Escapology Website, Houdini UK Tours.
[10] Houdini, Harry. New York Dramatic Mirror column 1900-1905.
[11] Arthur Moses Collection.
[12] Kalush, William, and Larry Sloman, and Steve Cuiffo. The Secret Life of Houdini Laid Bare. New York/Pasadena: Conjuring Arts Research Center/Mike Caveney's Magic Words, 2007.

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