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

1904

Weeks run Monday to Sunday.
Last update: 9/15/18

Dec. 28-Jan. 3: [venue unknown], Birmingham, UK. [8]
Jan. 4-10: [venue unknown], Glasgow, Scotland, UK. [10]
➤ Mon., Jan. 4: Houdini performs extra matinee for the Scottish New Year. [10]
Jan. 11-17:
Jan. 18-24: Empire Palace of Varieties, Sheffield, UK. [1][8]
➤ Tues., Jan. 19: Houdini escapes Charles Peace cell at police station on Walter Lane. [8][9]
Jan. 25-31: Empire Theater, Liverpool, UK. [1][9]

Feb. 1-7: Empire Theater, Liverpool, UK. [1][6][8]
➤ Tues., Feb. 2: Houdini escapes jail cell and shackles at Liverpool police station. [2][8]
➤ Sat., Feb. 6: Charity matinee to aid Lord Mayor's Fund at Sheffield Empire. [8][9]
Feb. 8-14: Empire, South Shields, UK. [8]
➤ Tues., Feb. 9: Escapes jail cell at South Shields Central police station. [8]
Feb. 15-21: Empire Theater, Birmingham, UK. [1][8]
Feb. 22-28: Empire Theater, Birmingham, UK. [1][8]
Feb. 29-March 6: Hippodrome Theater, London, UK. [8][10]

March 7-13: Hippodrome Theater, London, UK. [1][8]
March 14-20: Hippodrome Theater, London, UK. [1][8]
✪ ➤ Thurs., March 17: The Mirror Handcuff challenge.
March 21-27: Hippodrome Theater, London, UK. [1][8]
March 28-April 3: Hippodrome Theater, London, UK. [1][8]

April 4-10: Hippodrome Theater, London, UK. [9]
Wed., April 6: Houdini celebrates 30th birthday.
April 11-17: Houdini ill this week. Cancels engagement in Newcastle. "First time I disappointed." [7][11]
➤ [n.d.] Houdini visits home of Henry Evanion at 12 Methley Street.
➤ Fri., April. 15: Escapes jail cell Vine Street police station in London. [8]
April 18-24: Palace, Hull, UK. [8][9]
April 25-May 1: Empire Palace, Sheffield, UK. [8][9]
➤ [n.d.] Houdini meets young Randolph Douglas aka Randini. [8]

May 2-8: Empire, Leeds, UK. [8][9]
May 9-15: Hippodrome, Brighton, UK. [1][8]
➤ Sat., May 14: The Mirror presents Houdini with silver replica of Mirror Cuffs. [8]
May 16-22: The Empire and Hippodrome, Bristol, UK. [8][9]
May 23-29:
➤ Fri., May 27: Houdini, Bess, and Hardeen sail for New York aboard the Deutschland. [8][10][11]
May 30-June 5:
➤ Thurs., June 2: Deutschland arrives in New York. [7][11]
✪ ➤ Sat., June 4: UK papers report Houdini has bought a Humber automobile. First car. [2]

June 6-12:
June 13-19:
June 20-26:
June 27-July 3:

July 4-10:
July 11-17:
July 18-24: Harry and Dash take trip through Wisconsin this week. [11]
➤ Wed., July 20: Harry and Dash arrive in Appleton on 2 o'clock train. Spend day and night. [2]
➤ Thurs., July 21: Edna Ferber interview published in Appleton Evening Crescent. [2]
July 25-31:
➤ Tues., July 26: Houdini returns to New York. Bess meets him at 42nd Street Station. "She looks a treat in her pale blue dress." [5][7][11]

Aug. 1-7:
Aug. 8-14:
✪ ➤ Thurs., Aug. 11: Houdini buys home at 278 W 113th Street, New York, NY. [1][3][5]
Aug 15-21:
✪ ➤ Tues., Aug. 16: Houdini buys family plot at Machpelah Cemetery in Queens, NY for $450. [11]
➤ Thurs., Aug. 18: Houdini moves bodies of father, grandmother and brother Herman to new plot. Examines remains. [7][11]
Aug. 22-28:
Aug. 29-Sept. 4: Empire Leicester Square, London, UK. [1][8]
➤ Mon., Aug. 29: Houdini arrives in Plymouth aboard the Kronprinz Wilhelm. [10]
➤ [n.d.] Houdini defeats injunction against him by Moss and Thornton chain. [10]

Sept. 5-11: Zoo Hippodrome, Glasgow, Scotland. [1][8]
Sept. 12-18: Zoo Hippodrome, Glasgow, Scotland. [1][8]
Sept. 19-25: Zoo Hippodrome, Glasgow, Scotland. [1][8]
Sept. 26-Oct. 2: Regent Theater of Varieties, Salford, UK. [1][8][9]
➤ Mon., Sept. 26: Houdini escapes jail cell at Salford Town Hall. [8]
➤ Fri., Sept. 30: Houdini exposes Carl Mysto's coffin escape. [8]

Oct. 3-9: Regent Theater of Varieties, Salford, UK. [1][8][9]
✪ ➤ Tues., Oct. 3: Houdini introduces The Prison Cell & Barrel Mystery. [6]
Oct. 10-16: Empire Palace of Varieties, Bristol, UK. [1][8]
Oct. 17-23: Royal Hippodrome, Liverpool, UK. [1][8]
Oct. 24-30: Royal Hippodrome, Liverpool, UK. [1][8]
➤ Fri., Oct. 28: Challenged by Seamen from the R.N.R. Eagle to escape ships irons fastened in the "old fashioned punishment method."
Oct. 31-Nov. 6: Palace Theater, Halifax, UK. [8][9]

Nov. 7-13: Palace Theater, Halifax, UK. [8][9]
Nov. 14-20: Tivoli Theatre, Leeds, UK. [8][9]
Nov. 21-27:
Nov. 28-Dec. 4: Pavilion, Newcastle, UK. [8][9]

Dec. 5-11: Hippodrome, Brighton, UK. [8][9]
Dec. 12-18: Grand Theater, Manchester, UK. [1][8]
Dec. 19-25:
Dec. 26-Jan. 1:

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 (1904):
[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] Kalush, William, and Larry Sloman. The Secret Life of Houdini Laid Bare: Sources, Notes and Additional Material. New York/Pasadena: Conjuring Arts Research Center/Mike Caveney's Magic Words, 2007.

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