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!

SAMPLE THE CHRONOLOGY

1901

Weeks run Monday to Sunday.
Last update: 8/8/18

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]
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.

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