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!


Weeks run Monday to Sunday.
Last update: 1/16/19

Dec. 28-Jan. 3: Paragon Theater, London, UK. [1][8]
Jan. 4-10: Palace Theater, East Hampton, UK. [1][8]
Jan. 11-17: Pavillion Music Hall, Liverpool, UK. [1][8]
➤ Wed., Jan. 13: Harry Houdini Hardeen is born. [2]
Jan. 18-24: Regent Theater, Salford, UK. [1][8]
➤ Fri., Jan. 22: Challenged by committee to escape locked, chained and roped traveling basket purchased from Hanshaw Blind Asylum of Stretford Rd. [6]
Jan. 25-31: Royal Hippodrome Theater, Belfast, Northern Ireland. [1][8]
➤ [n.d] Houdini escapes from packing box made from timber used in the construction of Titanic.

Feb. 1-7: Palace Theater, Glasgow, Scotland. [1][8]
Feb. 8-14: Palace Theater, Glasgow, Scotland. [1][8]
Feb. 15-21: Hulme Hippodrome (Preston St.), Hulme, UK. [8]
➤ Wed., Feb. 17: Challenged by H. Foster, Saddler and Harness Maker, to escape from full length straitjacket. [6]
➤ Sat., Feb. 20: "Cupid Presents The Bullet-Catching Trick" by Houdini published in The Magician.
Feb. 22-28: Empire a.k.a Tameside Hippodrome, Ashton–Under–Lyne, UK. [1][8][9]
Feb. 29-March 7: Hippodrome, Preston, UK. [1][8]
➤ Wed., March 2: Houdini and Bess take comedic photos in stocks at Ashton-Under-Lyne, UK. [2]
➤ Fri., March 5: Challenged by "Expert Skip Maker" James Duckworth to escape an "Extra Heavy Skip" tied with ropes and Lever Padlocks. [6]

March 8-14: Empire Theater, Bristol, UK. [1][8]
➤ Sat., March 13: Houdini visits M De Verli in Brussells. Purchases oil paintings and tricks.
March 15-21: Pavillion Theater, Newcastle, UK. [1][8]
March 22-28: Alhambra Theater, Brussells, Belgium. [2]
March 29-April 4:

April 5-11: Barrasford's Alhambra Theater, Paris, France. [1][2]
➤ [n.d] Houdini films his Paris movie around this time.
➤ Tues., April 6: Houdini celebrates 35th birthday.
➤ Wed., April 7: Houdini jumps handcuffed into Seine from roof of Paris morgue. Stunt filmed. Receives fine. [2]
April 12-18: Barrasford's Alhambra Theater, Paris, France. [1]
April 19-25: Barrasford's Alhambra Theater, Paris, France. [1][6]
April 26- May 2: Barrasford's Alhambra Theater, Paris, France. [1]

May 3-9: Hippodrome, Blackburn, UK. [8]
May 10-16: Pavilion, Newcastle, UK. [8]
May 17-23: Metropolitan Theater, London, UK. [1][8]
✪ ➤ Mon., May 17: Les merveilleux exploits de Houdini à Paris is released by Film Lux. Houdini's first movie. [2][10]
May 24-30: Hippodrome Theater, Portsmouth, UK. [1][8]
➤ Mon., May 24: Son born to Franz Kukol in Austria. Names him Harry Houdini Kukol.
May 31-June 6: Palace Theater, Chelsea, UK. [1][8]
➤ [n.d.] Houdini meets with Harry Rickards about tour of Australia.

June 7-13: Hippodrome, Leeds, UK. [1][8]
➤ Wed., June 9: Variety reports Houdini has signed contracts to tour Australia in Fall. [2]
June 14-20: Empire Theater, Wolverhampton, UK. [1][8]
➤ Sun., June 20: Handcuffed bridge jump into Dundee Dock. [8]
June 21-26: King's Theater and Hippodrome, Dundee, UK. [1][2][8]
➤ Thurs., June 23: Houdini jumps handcuffed from steamer ship Marchioness of Bute into the River Tay. [8]
June 27-July 4: Palace Theater, Aberdeen, UK. [1][8]
➤ Thurs., June 30: Houdini dives from tug John McConnachie into the harbor at Aberdeen. [8]
➤ [n.d.] Houdini photographed at the grave of John Anderson, the "Wizard of the North", while in Aberdeen. [8]

July 5-11: Hippodrome, Brighton, UK. [1][8]
➤ [n.d.] Houdini does high dive from Brighton Pier.
July 12-18: Tivoli Theater, Leeds, UK. [9]
July 19-25: Palace Theater, Manchester, UK. [1][8]
July 26-Aug 1: Barrasfords Hippodrome, Sheffield, UK. [8]
➤ Wed., July 28: The Houdinis dog Charlie dies.

During the summer Houdini brings both Mrs. Weiss and Mrs. Rahner to Europe for two months. Exact dates unknown, but they see him perform in Plymouth.

Aug. 2-8: Hippodrome, Nottingham, UK. [1][8]
Aug. 9-15:
Aug. 16-22: Palace Theater, Plymouth, UK. [1][8]
➤ Tues., Aug. 17: Houdini jumps handcuffed from the Stonehouse Halfpenny Bridge, Plymouth. [8]
➤ Fri., Aug. 20: Challenged by employees of Keyham Yard in Devonport to escape packing crate. [6]
Aug. 23-29: Houdini attends week long International Air Meet in Reims, France. Sparks interest in aviation. [3]
Aug. 30-Sept. 5: Empire Theater, Kilburn, UK. [1][8]-need secondary source
Variety reports Houdini playing the Islington Empire in London this week. [2]-need secondary source

Sept. 6-12:
Sept. 13-19: Hippodrome, Willesden, UK. [1][8]
Sept. 20-26: Palace Theater, South London, UK. [1][8]
Sept. 27-Oct. 3:

Oct. 4-10: Coliseum Theater, Glasgow, Scotland. [8]-conflict with Wood. More sources needed.
Oct. 11-17: Palace Theater, Oldham, UK. [8]
Oct. 18-24: Coliseum Theater, Glasgow, Scotland. [1][8]
➤ Fri., Oct. 22: "Houdini Night" at Glasgow Coliseum. Iron Maiden challenge. Photographed on stage with audience committee. [5]
Oct. 25-31: Olympia, Liverpool, UK. [6]
➤ Wed., Oct. 27: Challenged by seamen from the Sailors Home to be tied to a 7-foot plank. [6]
➤ Sun., Oct. 31: Photograph taken of Houdini and luggage at Charing Cross station, London. [5]

Nov. 1-7: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany. [1]
➤ Wed., Nov. 3: Houdini sees pilot recover from crash in a French Voisin biplane at Aviation Week in Hamburg.
➤ [n.d.] Houdini buys a Voisin biplane for $5000. [3][4]
➤ [n.d.] Houdini has infected boil on his derriere lanced by Dr. Kolm. "Ought to have it attended to long ago. Glad it's over." [7]
Nov. 8-14: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany. [1]
Nov. 15-21: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany. [1]
Nov. 22-28: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany. [1]
✪ ➤ Fri., Nov. 26: Houdini makes first successful flight in his Voisin at Hufaren parade grounds, Wandsbek, Germany. [4]
Nov. 29-Dec. 5: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany. [1]

Dec. 6-12: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany. [1]
Dec. 13-19: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany. [1][2]
Dec. 20-26: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany. [1]
Dec. 27-Jan. 2: Hansa Theater, Hamburg, Germany. [1]

Primary Sources:
[1] Koval, Frank. The Illustrated Houdini Research Diary, Part 3: 1906 to 1910. Chadderton: 1992.
[2] Original newspaper story or advertisement via 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 (1909):
[8] Tait, Derek. The Great Houdini: His British Tours. Barnsley: Pen & Sword Books, 2017.
[9] David De-Val Escapology Website, Houdini UK Tours.
[10] Solomon, Matthew. Disappearing Tricks: Silent Film, Houdini, and the New Magic of the Twentieth Century. Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 2010.

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