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

1902

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

Dec. 30-Jan. 5: Olympia Theater, Paris, France.
Jan. 6-12: Olympia Theater, Paris, France. [1][6]
Jan. 13-19: Olympia Theater, Paris, France. [1][6]
Jan. 20-26: Olympia Theater, Paris, France. [1][6]
Jan. 27-Feb. 2: Olympia Theater, Paris, France. [1][6]
Tues., Jan. 28: Houdini travels to Blois to vist grave of Robert-Houdin. [3][5]

Feb. 3-9: Olympia Theater, Paris, France. [1][6]
Feb. 10-16: Olympia Theater, Paris, France. [1][6]
Sat., Feb. 15: Gladys Hardeen born (out of wedlock?). [11]
Feb. 17-23: First Cologne slander trial against Werner Graff (Feb 19-21).
Feb. 24-March 2:
Wed., Feb. 26: First Cologne verdict announced in Houdini favor. [4]

March 3-9: Ronacher’s Theater, Vienna, Austria. [1][6]
March 10-16: Ronacher’s Theater, Vienna, Austria. [1][6]
March 17-23: Ronacher’s Theater, Vienna, Austria. [1][6]
March 23-30:
March 31-April 6: Ronacher’s Theater, Vienna, Austria. [1][6]
Sun., April 6: Houdini celebrates 28th birthday.

April 7-13: Houdini returns to United States for 10 days. [4]
April 14-20:
April 21-27:
April 28-May 4:

May 5-11: Circus Corty-Althoff Circus, Holland. [1][6]
May 12-18: Circus Corty-Althoff Circus, Holland. [1][6]
May 19-25: Circus Corty-Althoff Circus, Holland. [1][6]
May 26-June 1: Circus Corty-Althoff Circus, Holland. [1][6]

June 2-8: Circus Corty-Althoff Circus, Holland. [1][6]
June 9-15: Circus Corty-Althoff Circus, Holland. [1][6]
June 16-22: Corty-Althoff manager gives Houdini 5 days off to deal with imitator Engelberto Kleppini in Germany. [1][6]
Wed., June 18: Houdini exposes Kleppini at the Circus Sidoli in Dortmund, Germany. [1][4]
June 23-29: Circus Corty-Althoff Circus, Holland. [1][6]
June 30-July 6: Colosseum Theater, Essen Ruhr. [1]

July 7-13: Colosseum Theater, Essen Ruhr, Germany. [1][6]
July 14-20: Colosseum Theater, Essen Ruhr, Germany. [1][6]
July 21-27: Colosseum Theater, Essen Ruhr, Germany. [1][6]
Sat., July. 26: Second Cologne trial.
July 28-Aug. 2: Colosseum Theater, Essen Ruhr, Germany. [6]
Thurs., July 31: First packing crate challenge escape.

Aug. 4-10: Eden Theater, Aachen, Germany. [1][6]
Aug. 11-17: Eden Theater, Aachen, Germany. [6]
Aug. 18-24:
Aug. 25-31:
Fri., Aug. 29: Houdini is in Rhineland, Germany. [5][12]

Sept. 1-7: Circus Carre, Munchen, Bavaria. [1][6]
Sept. 8-14: Circus Carre, Munchen, Bavaria. [1][6]
Sept. 15-21: Circus Carre, Munchen, Bavaria. [1]
Sept. 22-28: Circus Carre, Munchen, Bavaria. [1]
Fri., Sept. 26: Third Cologne trial.
Sept. 29-Oct. 5: Circus Carre, Munchen, Bavaria. [1]

Oct. 6-12:
Oct. 13-19: People's Palace Theater, Halifax, UK. [1][6][8]
Oct. 20-26: Palace Theater, Blackburn, UK. [1][6][8]
Fri., Oct. 24: The Hodgson challenge.
Fri., Oct. 24: Third Cologne verdict announced in Houdini favor. [4]
Oct. 27-Nov. 2: Palace Theater, Bradford, UK. [1][6][8]

Nov. 3-9: People's Palace Theater, Halifax, UK. [1][6][8]
Nov. 10-16: Pavilion Theater, Leicester, UK. [1][6][8]
Nov. 17-23: St. James’s Hall, Manchester, UK. [1][2][6][8]
Nov. 24-30: Palace Theater, Blackburn, UK. [1][6][9]

Dec. 1-7: City of Varieties, Leeds, UK. [1][6][8]
Thurs., Dec. 4: Houdini escapes from Charles Peace cell at Armley Prison. [1][8]
Dec. 8-14: Empire Music Hall, Burnley, UK. [8][9]
Tues., Dec. 9: Houdini escapes Burnley jail. [8]
Dec. 15-21: City of Varieties, Leeds, UK. [1][6][8]
Dec. 22-28:
Thurs., Dec. 25: Harry and Bess spend Christmas at 10 Kepple Street with fellow magicians. [10]
Dec 29-Jan. 4:

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 item.
[6] Original pitchbook, program, playbill or poster.
[7] Houdini diary
✪ Denotes a first or possible first.

Additional Sources (1902):
[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] Rauscher, William V. Hardeen Monarch of Manacles. 1878 Press Co, 2017.
[12] Arthur Moses Collection.

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