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!


The following are significant events in the afterlife of Harry Houdini.
Last update: 11/23/19

➤ Jan. 17: Hardeen begins touring as "Brother and Legal Successor of Houdini" in Bridgeport, CT.
➤ February: Bess buys new home at 67 Payson Ave. in Inwood, NY.
➤ April: Bess fights New York Life for double indemnity insurance and wins. Receives $50,000.
➤ April: Houdini's magic and spiritualism library donated to the Library of Congress.
➤ May 30: Hardeen's home broken into by thieves said to be in search of Houdini secrets.
➤ June 23: Bess sells 278 to neighbors John and Filippina Bonanno.
➤ June 26: Papers report Bess sells theatrical collection to Messmore Kendall along with 25 cases of Houdini belongings (now in the Harry Ransom Collection).
➤ July 25: "Houdini Day" at Carnival of Water Sports in New York. Bess starts first event of the finals.
➤ July 30: Nathan Weiss, 56, dies of pneumonia in Columbus, Ohio.
➤ Oct. 30: Houdini bust and S.A.M. mosaic revealed on grave.
➤ Dec. 30: Bess previews "frozen man" act at 420 West Fifty-Third Street, New York, NY. Announces upcoming vaudeville tour.

➤ Feb. 8: Medium Arthur Ford claims to make contact with Houdini's mother. Widely reported by A.P.
➤ March 8-10: Bess does plate glass box escape and Frozen Man during 3-day vaudeville engagement at the St. James Theater, Asbury Park, NJ.
➤ May 3: Dunninger conjures Houdini's "luminous ghost" and handwriting during mock seance for Bess and press.
➤ June: Publication of Houdini His Life Story by Harold Kellock.
➤ Aug. 7: James "The Amazing" Randi born in Toronto, Canada.

➤ Jan. 5: Arthur Ford claims to have received the 10th and final word of Houdini Code via a series of seances.
➤ Jan. 8: Arthur Ford reveals full Houdini Code during seance with Bess and press at 67 Payson Ave. in New York.
➤ Jan. 10: New York Graphic claims Ford seance a "hoax." Bess threatens to sue paper for $1 million.
➤ Jan. 25: Arthur Ford ousted from the United Spiritualist league for "conduct unbecoming a Spiritualist minster." Houdini message story dies down.
➤ October: Modern Mechanics prints first R.D. Adams "exposure" of Houdini feats.

➤ January: Bess opens tea room "Mrs. Harry Houdini's Rendezvous" in New York.
➤ March 19: Bess issues statement saying she never received a legitimate message from Houdini and renounces the possibility.
➤ April 5: Bess closes tea room.
➤ July 7: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle dies at 71.
➤ October: Publication of Houdini's Escapes by Walter B. Gibson.
➤ [n.d.] Bess meets Edward Saint in Rye Beach, NY.

➤ April 9: Medium Nino Pecoraro confesses to being a fraud and duping Conan Doyle.
➤ September: Publication of The Secrets of Houdini by J.C. Cannell.
➤ [n.d.] Sadie Weiss sells home (Sunset Hall) in Ridgefiled, CT.

➤ February: Bess spends season at Waters' cottages in Florida with niece and nephew.
➤ March: Publication of Houdini's Magic by Walter B. Gibson.
➤ March: Publication of Houdini and Doyle: The Story of a Strange Friendship by Bernard M.L. Ernst and Hereward Carrington.
➤ May 6: A.P. report Houdini estate insolvent due to "over-generosity."
➤ Nov. 11: Adolphe Menjou signed to star in RKO's Now You See It, based on the life of Houdini (unmade).
➤ Nov. 24: Bess begins tour with The Mantell-Houdini Show.
➤ December: Houdini's real birthday and birthplace revealed in German magic magazine Die Magie. Not reported in U.S.

➤ Jan. 17: Camel Cigarettes controversial "It's fun to be fooled" ad campaign begins with Milk Can exposure.
➤ Oct. 31: Baltimore chapter of S.A.M holds Houdini seance at the New Howard Hotel. Milbourne Christopher in attendance.
➤ [n.d.] Hardeen opens "Houdini's Temple of Mystery" in Atlantic City, NJ.

➤ February: Houdini's Escapes and Magic combined edition by Walter Gibson released by Blue Ribbon.
➤ Feb. 15: Harry Houdini Hinson (20) is killed in a sledding accident in New York.
➤ April 13: Houdini book collection is displayed in rare book room at Library of Congress.
➤ Oct. 3: Papers report Fred Keating will star in Houdini biopic for Columbia.
➤ [n.d.] Sadie Weiss dies at age 54.

➤ March 26: Cache of Houdini equipment discovered in NY theatrical warehouse.
➤ March 30: Hardeen fails in his first performance of Double Fold Milk Can at Grand Congress of Magicians in Allentown, PA.
➤ July 25: Bess and Ed Saint have Houdini Seance at 2435 Laurel Canyon, Hollywood, CA.

➤ Jan. 6: Hardeen begins filming Medium Well Done at the Vitaphone Studios in Brooklyn, NY.
➤ April 13: Howard Thurston dies at age 66 in Miami, FL.
➤ October: Houdini on cover of second issue of Genii Magazine.
✪ ➤ Oct. 31: The Final Houdini Seance in Hollywood, CA
➤ December: The Houdini Picture Corporation is dissolved by state of New York for failing to file annual franchise tax reports for 3 consecutive years.

➤ March 6: Hardeen's Medium Well Done Vitaphone short released.
➤ Nov. 27: Life of Houdini dramatized by WPA Radio Project players on WBNX radio.

➤ Feb. 24: Religious Racketeers begins filming at The Grand National Studios on Poinsettia and Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood, CA.
➤ July 21: Edward Saint and Los Angeles chapter of SAM establish Halloween as National Magic Day.
➤ April 19: Bess denies "rumors of a secret wedding."
➤ July 7: Religious Racketeers premieres at Shea's Century Theater in Buffalo, New York.
➤ Sept. 10: Hardeen begins 4-year run in Hellzapoppin' on Broadway.
➤ Nov. 28: Bernard M.L. Ernst dies at 59.

➤ Jan. 26: A plumber trapped for 10 hours in cave-in credits his survival to remembering Houdini's Shelton Pool Test.
➤ Sept. 16: Harry Day (57) dies in Quebec.
➤ October: Religious Racketeers is re-released as The Mystic Circle Murder.

No significant events found.

➤ Aug. 1: "A Few Untold Facts about Harry Houdini" appears in Walter Winchell column.
➤ Oct. 11: Bess attends Houdini Club of Wisconsin Convention in Appleton, WI.
➤ Nov. 1: Mina "Margery" Crandon dies at 53.

➤ March 6: Jim Collins (60) dies in New York.
➤ June: Hardeen gives Sidney Radner the Water Torture Cell.
➤ Sept. 9: Jacob Hyman (70) dies in Beverly Hills, CA.
➤ October: Genii Magazine Houdini Memorial Issue.
➤ Oct. 22: Edward Saint (52) dies in Hollywood, CA.

➤ Feb. 11: Bess Houdini (67) dies aboard a train in Needles, CA.
➤ Feb. 18: Bess is buried in Gate of Heaven cemetery in Hawthorn, NY.
➤ October: Genii Magazine Houdini Memorial Issue.

➤ Orson Welles, Cary Grant, and Gary Moore are among actors reported as cast as Houdini in David O' Selznick's "The Life of Houdini" biopic (never made).

➤ Jan. 25: Hardeen appears on television, WCBW, New York.
➤ May 29: Hardeen names assistant Douglas Geoffrey as successor, Hardeen Jr.
➤ June 12: Hardeen (69) dies in Doctor's Hospital, Brooklyn, NY.
➤ June 14: Hardeen buried at Machpelah cemetery.

➤ Oct. 13: Publication of The Great Balsamo by Maurice Zolotow.
➤ Oct. 31: Thirteen magicians headed by Karrell Fox hold widely publicized Houdini Seance in Detroit. Kicks off the Houdini Seance craze.

➤ Oct. 31: Houdini seances again garner press. Joe Dunninger establishes "annual" seance as head of "Waiting for Houdini" committee in NYC. Blackstone holds seance in Pittsburgh.
➤ November: Hardeen Jr. and Sherms tour with show "Houdini Lives Again."

➤ Oct. 31: Dunninger holds Annual Houdini seance at 12 Gay Street, NY. Sidney Radner and Bob Lund in attendance.

➤ Jan. 4: "Houdini The Handcuff King" on BBC Radio. W. Buchanan-Taylor talks about his memories of Houdini.
➤ Oct. 31: Dunninger holds Annual Houdini Seance inside 278. Rose Bonanno claims to receive phone call from Houdini. Makes news.
➤ [n.d.] Leopold Weiss gives up medical practice because of increasing blindness.

➤ April: Publication of The Great Houdini: Magician Extraordinary by Beryl Williams and Samuel Epstein. First book to note Martin Beck's contributions to Houdini's career.
➤ April 8: Release of film The Golden Twenties featuring Houdini footage.
➤ Oct. 31: Dunninger holds Annual Houdini Seance in Nation Concert Artist offices on 5th Ave. Sax Rohmer in attendance.

➤ Feb. 7: "Yesterday's Newsreel" on WMAL-TV includes film of Houdini.
➤ Sept. 21: Hedda Hopper breaks news that George Pal will produce Houdini biopic for Paramount.

➤ February: Papers report Paramount on a "worldwide talent hunt" for actor to play Houdini.
➤ July 11: Tony Curtis announced for lead in Paramount's Houdini.
➤ September-November: Houdini films at Paramount studios in Hollywood (Stage 9).
➤ Oct. 31: Joseph Dunninger holds 25th Anniversary Houdini seance in NYC.

✪ ➤ June 25: Paramount's Houdini starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh premieres at the Des Moines Theater (517 Grand Avenue) in Des Moines, Iowa.
➤ July 6: George Pal appears on TV show You Asked For It. Shows Terror Island overboard box footage and scene from Houdini (1953).
➤ July 22: Mayor declares "Houdini Day" in Appleton, WI.
➤ December: Publication of Houdini on Magic by Walter B. Gibson. Never goes out of print.

➤ July 5: J. Gordon Whitehead dies in Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Montréal, Canada.
➤ Nov. 4: The Mystic Circle Murder airs on TV, Late Show, KPIX at 11:30pm.
➤ Nov. 5: James Vickery dies in New Jersey.
➤ December: 8mm prints of The Man From Beyond offered for sale by "Old Time Movies" in Hollywood.

➤ October: Genii Magazine Houdini Memorial Issue.

➤ Feb. 7: James Randi recreates Houdini's Shelton pool test.
➤ October: Genii Magazine Houdini Memorial Issue.

➤ Oct. 21. James Randi appears on The Garry Moore Show doing "one of Houdini's most difficult tricks."

➤ June: Messmore Kendall Houdini collection is sold to the Hoblitzelle Foundation in Dallas who donate it to the University of Texas in Austin (Ransom Center).
➤ July: Saga magazine publishes article "The Incredible Saga of Harry Houdini" by William Lindsay Gresham. Creates several myths.

➤ January: Houdini's sister Carrie Gladys Weiss dies at 77.
➤ Jan. 21: Gladys' ashes buried in Machpelah cemetery,
➤ July 10: House at 2400 Laurel Canyon burns in massive brush fires. Papers report it as "Houdini Mansion."
➤ Aug. 3: Publication of Houdini The Man Who Walked Through Walls by William Lindsay Gresham. First biography to show Houdini's birth as March 24, 1874 in Budapest.

➤ Sept. 22: Portions of The Man From Beyond air on ABC's Silents Please hosted by Ernie Kovacs.
➤ June 1: Publication of Houdini Master of Escape by Lace Kendall (Adrien Stoutenburg).
➤ Oct. 31: Rose Bonanno holds seance inside 278. Receives message from Houdini: "Hi Bubbles. A-I-Z."
➤ Nov. 1: John Kennedy calls Richard Nixon a "Houdini" in final days of 1960 Presidential campaign. Quip gets national coverage.

➤ May 5: Days of Thrills and Laughter feature documentary released. Includes Houdini silent film footage.
➤ June 18: Fania M. Pearson purchases remains of Laurel Canyon "Houdini Estate" for $75,000.
➤ Sept. 27: Publication of Houdini's Fabulous Magic by Walter B. Gibson and Morris N. Young.
➤ October: Genii Magazine Houdini Memorial Issue.

➤ Oct. 6: Leopold Weiss commits suicide by jumping off roof of apartment building.
➤ October:  Genii Magazine Houdini Memorial Issue.

✪ ➤ Jan. 2: The Magic Castle opens in Hollywood, CA.

➤ June: The Man From Beyond plays the Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles, CA.
➤ October: Genii Magazine Houdini Memorial Issue.

✪ ➤ Jan. 30: Houdini (1953) airs for first time on television (NBC).
➤ Aug. 10: Fire endangers Houdini collection at the University of Texas in Austin.

➤ Feb. 17: Gladys Hardeen dies at 64.
➤ April 1: Leonard Hicks dies at 79.
➤ Nov. 16: Man of Magic stage musical opens in London. Runs 126 performances.

➤ Jan. 1: Milbourne Christopher vanishes an elephant on The Garry Moore Show on CBS.
➤ Feb. 22: Steve Baker recreates Houdini's suspended straitjacket escape from the Tribune Tower in Oakland, CA.
➤ June 28: Elise Hardeen dies at 95.
➤ Oct. 8: "Houdini Enterprises of Canada" purchase the Dunninger collection and announce plans to open a museum in Niagara Falls.

➤ May: Houdini Magical Hall of Fame opens in Niagara Falls, Canada.
➤ Oct. 31: Seance at Houdini Magical Hall of Fame, Canada.

➤ March 21: Publication of Houdini The Untold Story by Milbourne Christopher.
➤ June: The Magic Castle begins their Houdini Seance dinners.
➤ Oct. 31: The S.A.M. hold first wand breaking ceremony at Houdini's grave.

➤ Jan. 23: Petition to grant landmark status to Laurel Canyon "Houdini Estate" denied in court, clearing way for city to raze condemned property.
➤ March: Paramount donates Terror Island to the American Film Institute collection at the Library of Congress (print missing reels 3 and 4).
➤ July 3: Papers report discovery of Houdini voice recordings.
✪ ➤ Dec. 29: The Truth About Houdini airs on BBC. First full length Houdini documentary.

➤ Jan. 4: Arthur Ford dies.
➤ April 6: ABC airs television movie ESCAPE with Christopher George as a "cross between James Bond and Houdini."
➤ Oct. 30: Long John Nebel broadcasts a Houdini seance from 278 on NBC AM radio at midnight.
➤ [n.d.] Water Torture Cell put on permanent display at Houdini Magical Hall of Fame, CA.

➤ October: Genii Magazine Special Houdini Issue.
➤ [n.d.] The Houdini Birth Research Committee's Report officially recognizes Houdini's birthplace as Budapest and birth date as March 24.
➤ [n.d.] Arno Press reprint of Houdini's A Magician Among the Spirits published.

➤ June 7-30: Houdini exhibition at the California State University Northridge (CSUN). Manny Weltman collection.
➤ Nov. 13: Lila Lee dies in Saranac Lake, NY.

➤ Feb. 1: Reported Houdini assistant Larry Lewis dies at age 106.
➤ March 1: The Grim Game screens at the New School, New York, NY.
➤ March 24: Franklin Mint strikes medal commemorating centennial of Houdini's birth.
➤ March 24/April 6: Papers mark centennial of Houdini's birth with rumor that a box containing all his secrets is meant to be opened.
➤ April 7: Doug Henning performs Metamorphosis outside New York's Plaza Hotel (5th Ave. & 59th St.) to mark Houdini's 100th birthday.
➤ May 28: The Magic Show opens at the Cort Theater on Broadway.
➤ Sept. 18: Variety reports competing Houdini movie projects at Paramount and Columbia.
➤ Oct. 31: Seance at Houdini Magical Hall of Fame, CA. Attended by Dunninger and James Randi.

➤ March 9: Joesph Dunninger dies at 82.
➤ April 9: Houdini's grave bust smashed by vandals.
➤ June 12: Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow published. Features Houdini and becomes #1 bestseller.
➤ Oct. 31: Houdini receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood, CA.
➤ Nov. 9: Walter B. Gibson and Sid Radner screen The Truth About Houdini at Ulster Community College in Kingston, NY. Touted as U.S. premiere.
➤ Nov. 16: Houdini (1953) airs on KCOP in Los Angeles (seen by a young John Cox).
➤ Dec. 26: Doug Henning does Houdini's Water Torture Cell live on NBC special The World of Magic.

➤ March 19: Milbourne Christopher as Houdini in Magic Vs. The Occult at Lincoln Center, NY.
➤ March 24: S.A.M. restores bust to Houdini's grave with replica.
➤ April 28-May 25: The Great Houdinis films in Los Angeles.
➤ May 15: The Truth About Houdini airs in U.S. for first time.
➤ July: Publication of The Original Houdini Scrapbook by Walter B. Gibson.
➤ August: Publication of Houdini: A Mind in Chains by Bernard C. Meyer.
➤ October: Publication of Houdini His Life and Art by James Randi.
➤ October: Publication of Houdini A Pictorial Life by Milbourne Christopher.
➤ Oct. 2: Gladys Leslie dies at 77 in Boyoton Beach, FL.
✪ ➤ Oct. 8: The Great Houdinis starring Paul Michael Glaser and Sally Struthers airs as ABC Friday Night Movie.
➤ Oct. 30: Saturday Night Live broadcast from Houdini's grave.
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini Seance held at Houdini Magical Hall of Fame in Niagara Falls, Canada.
➤ Dec. 3: Last functioning day for Grace Hospital in Detroit.
➤ Dec. 23: Doug Henning does Houdini's Vanishing Elephant live on NBC special.
➤ [n.d.] Also reprinted this year: Houdini The Untold Story, Houdini's Escapes, Houdini's Magic.

➤ Sept. 29: Houdini A Circus Opera opens at Carre Theater in Amsterdam.
➤ Dec. 1: Publication of Houdini His Legend and His Magic by Doug Henning and Charles Reynolds.
➤ Dec. 15: Doug Henning does Houdini's Walking Through a Brick Wall live on NBC special.

➤ Sept. 27: Steve Baker does Water Torture Cell on Dick Clark's LIVE Wednesday.
➤ Oct. 31: Houdini seance inside Room 401 of Detroit's Grace Hospital.
➤ Dec. 5: Fonzi does Milk Can escape on Happy Days.

➤ Oct. 30: The Executioners Song published with claim by Gary Gilmore that he's the illegitimate grandson of Houdini. Makes news.
➤ [n.d.] Houdini Never Died documentary released in VHS.
➤ [n.d.] Grace Hospital in Detroit is torn down.

➤ April: 278 sells to Louis Moise.
➤ June 13: Final contents of 278 auctioned in New Jersey.
➤ Aug. 3: Houdini Never Died airs on HBO.

➤ March 1: Publication of Death and the Magician: The Mystery of Houdini by Raymund Fitzsimons.
➤ Nov. 20: Movie version of Ragtime released with Jeffrey DeMunn as Houdini.

➤ May: Houdini Houdini book of poetry by Luria-Sukenick released by Cleveland State University Press.
➤ August: Houdini a "top contender" for a U.S. postage stamp along with Elvis and Peter Rabbit.
➤ Sept. 25: A Magician Amongst the Spirits radio play by Bert Coules airs on BBC Radio 4. Barry Denner as Houdini and Pinkie Johnstone as Bess.
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini seance held at the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, MA.

➤ April: Movie Modern Day Houdini starring Bill Shirk and featuring Milbourne Christopher plays limited engagement in Indianapolis.
➤ May 22: ABC broadcasts Parade of Stars with Alan Alan doing an escape as Houdini.
➤ Aug. 14: Bust is stolen from Houdini's grave. Again replaced by S.A.M.
➤ [n.d.] The Man From Beyond released on VHS by Video Yesteryear.

➤ June 17: Milbourne Christopher dies at 70.

➤ May 25: Houdini Plaza dedicated in Appleton, WI.
➤ Oct. 25: Ann Forrest dies at 90 in San Diego, CA.
➤ Dec. 6: Walter B. Gibson dies in Kingston, NY.

➤ Oct. 31: 50th anniversary reenactment of the Final Houdini Seance at Variety Arts Center in Los Angeles.

➤ March 15: Young Harry Houdini airs as ABC Disney Sunday Movie.
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini seance held as live television event in Los Angeles.

➤ Deal made to house Sid Radner collection to Houdini Historical Center in Appleton, WI.
➤ [n.d.] Third Houdini bust is stolen from grave. Again replaced by S.A.M.

➤ [n.d.]: The Houdini Historical Center is established in Appleton, WI.

➤ Jan. 14: Douglas Geoffrey aka Hardeen Jr. (82) dies.
➤ March 18: Monument commemorating Houdini's first flight unveiled in Diggers Rest, Australia.
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini seance held at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, MA.
➤ Oct. 31: Escape artist Joseph Burrus killed while attempting Buried Alive.
➤ November: Fourth Houdini bust is stolen from grave. S.A.M. decides to not replace it.

➤ April: Houdini Houdini Historical Center launches first issue of quarterly newsletter devoted to Houdini.
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini seance held at Holiday Inn in Rochester, NY.
➤ Nov. 7-9: Refurbished Water Torture Cell is displayed at the Los Angeles Magic History Conference.
➤ [n.d.] Fred Thomas buys 278.
➤ [n.d.] Houdini (1953) released on VHS.

➤ May: A large cache of uncatalogued Houdini material in the Library of Congress is discovered in a warehouse.
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini Seance held at the Houdini Magical Hall of Fame in Niagara Falls, Canada.

➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini Seance held at the Union Central Insurance Company (the company that held Houdini's life insurance) in Cincinnati, OH.
➤ November: Genii Magazine Special Houdini Issue.
➤ [n.d.] Publication of The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini by Ruth Brandon in UK.
➤ [n.d.] Publication of Houdini: Escape into Legend, The Early Years: 1862–1900 by Manny Weltman.
➤ [n.d.] BBC's Houdini The Life of the World's Greatest Escapologist documentary released on Home Video.

➤ May 25: Houdini's grave suffers major vandalism.
➤ June 20: A&E airs Houdini: The Great Escape on Biography. First of many half hour Houdini documentaries to air on similar cable series.
➤ April 4: Houdini's nephew Samuel White (Weiss) dies at 86. Son of brother William.
➤ Oct. 30: NPR plays Houdini's voice as part of Weekend Edition segment.
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini Seance held at the Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard and Airmen’s Club in New York, NY.
➤ [n.d.] Houdini (1953) released on LaserDisc.

➤ March 23: Houdini is character in Las Vegas show EFX played by Michael Crawford.
➤ May 1: Houdini Magical Hall of Fame destroyed by fire. Water Torture Cell and Swansa straitjacket burn.
➤ May 24: Houdini Unlocking His Secrets airs on NBC.
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini Seance held at Holyoke City Hall (site of police station where Houdini escaped handcuffs) in Holyoke, MA.

➤ Sept. 1: Publication of Houdini!!! The Career of Ehrich Weiss by Kenneth Silverman.
➤ Oct. 15: Gene Gamache's Houdini People Came To See Him Die documentary released on VHS.
➤ Oct. 29: Houdini radio play by Bob Sinfield airs on BBC Radio 2. Michael Maloney as Houdini.
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini Seance held at the Players Club in New York City.
➤ Dec. 8: Houdini appears as character in Broadway musical Ragtime.
➤ [n.d.] Houdini's vandalized grave is restored with funds from David Copperfield, James Randi, and S.A.M.
➤ [n.d.] William H. McIlhany releases Terror Island with clip of Howard Thurston's Twisted Souls on VHS.

➤ April 6: Publication of Houdini Unlocked two-volume set by Patrick Culliton.
➤ July 10: Paul Verhoeven signed to direct Houdini movie at Columbia. Tom Cruise to star.
➤ Sept. 24: Houdini musical play opens at the Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam, CT.
➤ Oct. 24: FairyTale: A True Story with Harvey Keitel as Houdini released by Warner Bros.
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini Seance held at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT.

➤ Sept. 4: Special exhibition devoted to The Master Mystery opens at the Houdini Historical Center in Appleton (runs through March 28, 1999).
➤ Oct. 31: Terror Island released on VHS in 2-pack with documentary, Houdini Exposed.
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini Seance held in Las Vegas, NV.
➤ Dec. 6: Houdini starring Johnathon Schaech and Stacy Edwards airs on TNT Network.
➤ [n.d.] The Master Mystery is released on a 2-tape VHS set by William H. McIlhany.

➤ Aug. 5: The Greatest: Houdini airs on TLC.
➤ Oct. 13: Cremaster 2 featuring Norman Mailer as Houdini released in NYC.
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini Seance held at Magic Circle in London, England.
➤ Nov. 5: Items from the Houdini Magical Hall of Fame auctioned at Butterfield & Butterfield's in Los Angeles.

➤ Jan. 24: American Experience Houdini documentary airs on PBS.
➤ Feb. 7: Doug Henning dies at 52.
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini Seance held at held at the Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Milwaukee, WI.

➤ Aug. 16: Houdini is character in bestselling novel Carter Beats The Devil by Glen David Gold.
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini Seance held at Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI.

➤ March 8: Police recover grave bust stolen in 1983 in New Hyde Park.
➤ April 15: Inside the Houdini Museum documentary airs on The Travel Channel.
➤ July 3: U.S. Post Office issues first class Houdini stamp.
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini Seance held in New York, New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

➤ July 17: Sidney Radner files lawsuit against John Gaughan for the creation of the replica Water Torture Cell (suit later dismissed).
➤ October: Houdini Historical Center announces it will not renew lease on Sid Radner collection.
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini Seance held at Willows Lodge in Woodinville, WA. Water Torture Cell displayed.

➤ June: Appleton's Museum at the Castle opens new permanent exhibition A.K.A. Houdini.
➤ Oct. 1: The Man Who Killed Houdini by Don Bell published in Canada.
➤ Oct. 30: The Great Houdini Auction (Sid Radner collection) at Liberace Museum, Las Vegas, NV. Restored Water Torture Cell sells for $300,000 to David Copperfield (price later reduced to $150,000 due auction irregularities).
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini Seance held at the Liberace Museum, Las Vegas, NV.
➤ Nov. 2: Houdini's niece Marie Blood dies.

➤ Oct. 31: Houdini Unlocking the Mystery documentary first airs on History Channel.
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini Seance held in Boston, MA.
➤ [n.d.] Houdini Action Figure released by Accoutrements.

➤ January: launched (my first Houdini website).
➤ Feb. 6: Patrick Culliton sells Houdini's original Metamorphosis trunk on eBay for $44,500.
➤ Oct. 31: Publication of The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero by Bill Kalush and Larry Sloman.
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini Seance held at the Center for Jewish History in New York, NY.

➤ Jan. 11: Haldane of the Secret Service screens at the Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles (previously unknown print).
➤ March 23: Authors Bill Kalush and Larry Sloman announce plan to exhume Houdini's body to test for poisoning.

➤ April 8: Houdini The Movie Star 3-DVD set released by Kino. Collects all Houdini's movies except The Grim Game.
➤ June 3: Houdini (1953) released on DVD for first time.
➤ July 11: Death Defying Acts with Guy Pearce as Houdini released in LA and NY.
➤ Oct. 24: Houdini's Hollywood Walk of Fame star restored and rededicated.
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini Seance held at the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts in Madison, NJ.

➤ March 27: Summit buys The Secret Life of Houdini to turn into action franchise.
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini Seance held at Anna Eva Fay estate in Melrose, MA.
➤ November: Australia mints coin commemorating Houdini’s first flight.
➤ November: Disneyland's Main Street Magic shop becomes "Houdini's Magic Shop."

➤ March 18-21: Houdini Centenary Flight celebrations in Diggers Rest, Australia.
➤ Oct. 29-March 27: Houdini Art and Magic touring exhibition in New York, NY.
➤ Oct. 31: Publication of Houdini The Key by Patrick Culliton. Reveals secret of USD.
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini Seance held at Fantasma Magic in New York, NY.
✪ ➤ Nov. 10: WILD ABOUT HARRY launched.

➤ March 20: Dorothy Young (Houdini assistant) dies at age 103.
➤ March 24: Google features a Houdini Doodle to mark his birthday.
➤ April. 28 to Sept 4: Houdini Art and Magic in Los Angeles, CA.
➤ Sept. 27: Dorothy Dietrich and Dick Brookz of Houdini Museum in Scranton restore Houdini's grave bust.
➤ Oct. 7 to Jan. 16: Houdini Art and Magic in San Fransisco, CA.
➤ Oct. 20: Publication of Houdini and Conan Doyle by Christopher Sandford.
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini Seance held at the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, MA.
➤ Nov. 23: Houdini straitjacket, first revealed on Pawn Stars, sells for $46,980 at auction.

➤ Feb. 11 to May 13: Houdini Art and Magic in Madison, WI.
➤ Oct. 23: Houdini Museum of New York at Fantasma Magic opens.
➤ Oct. 26: Publication of The Metamorphosis: The Apprenticeship of Harry Houdini by Bruce MacNab.
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini Seance held at The Masonic Temple in Fort Worth, TX.

➤ July 10: New Houdini Plaza opens in Appleton, WI.
➤ July 15: Lost spiritualism scrapbook discovered in California.
➤ Sept. 30-Dec. 14: Houdini Miniseries films in Budapest, Hungary.
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini Seance at Citadel Hill in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
➤ Dec. 3: The Grim Game poster sells for $67,166 at auction.

➤ April 20: The Magic of Houdini with Alan Davies documentary premieres airs on ITV.
➤ June: Larry Weeks sells his print of The Grim Game to TCM.
➤ June 19: Flim Flam: Houdini and the Hereafter opens at the Malibu Playhouse.
➤ Aug. 23: Houdini's Double Fold chest sells for $55,000 at auction to David Copperfield.
➤ Sept. 1 & 2: Two-part Houdini Miniseries starring Adrien Brody and Kristen Connolly airs on History Channel.
➤ Oct. 8: Houdini in Hollywood event at the Hollywood Heritage Lasky-DeMille Barn.
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini Seance event held at Glen Magna Farms in Danvers, MA.

➤ Jan. 23: It's officially announced that TCM has acquired and restored The Grim Game.
➤ March 29: "Houdini Day" in City of Los Angeles.
✪ ➤ March 29: TCM's restoration of The Grim Game premiers in Hollywood.
➤ Aug. 4: Houdini Historical Roast at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles. Justin Willman plays Houdini.
➤ June 8: Epic Rap Battles of History presents "David Copperfield vs. Harry Houdini."
➤ Aug. 7: Edinburgh Festival Fringe opens with four different Houdini-themed plays.
➤ Aug. 27: Houdini bust added to Houdini Plaza in Appleton, WI.
➤ Oct. 6: Publication of The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World by David Jaher.
➤ Oct. 18: The Grim Game airs twice on TCM with alternate musical scores.
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini Seance at the Brava Theater in San Francisco, CA.

➤ March 13: Houdini & Doyle begins airing on ITV Encore in UK.
➤ May 2: Houdini & Doyle begins airing on FOX in U.S.
➤ May 9: S.A.M. rededicates cleaned and restored Houdini grave site.
➤ June 16: The House of Houdini museum opens in Budapest, Hungary.
➤ July 1: Houdini received historical marker in Williamsport, PA.
➤ Aug. 16: Ehrich Weiss Bible discovered. Sells to House of Houdini museum.
➤ Aug. 22: Publication of Houdini's Final Incredible Secret by Bob Loomis
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini Seance held at the Oriental Theater in Milwaukee, WI.

➤ Feb. 4: Houdini Water Torture Cell poster sells for $114,000 in auction to David Blaine. Record price for a Houdini or magic poster.
➤ Feb. 10-May 28: Houdini Las leyes del asombro exhibition in Madrid, Spain.
➤ March 24: Houdini pinball machine unveiled by American Pinball.
➤ April 8: Bess's "royal crown brooch" sells for $72,000 at auction.
➤ June 18: Houdini's 278 goes up for sale with Open House.
➤ July 30: Publication of The Great Houdini: His British Tours by Derek Tait.
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini Seance held at the Crop Bistro & Bar in Cleveland, OH.

➤ May 4: Houdini's 278 sells for $3.2 million.
➤ May 5 to Oct. 7: Houdini: Terror on the Magic Isle exhibition at the Catalina Island Museum. Receives 14,669 visitors.
➤ May 17: Houdini-Opoly board game released by Houdini Museum in Scranton.
➤ May 19: Terror Island screening event on Catalina Island.
➤ June 15 to Sept. 16: Summer of Magic: Treasures from the David Copperfield Collection at the New York Historical Society Museum and Library. Mirror Cuffs displayed.
➤ June 24 to Jan. 21, 2019: Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini exhibition at The Jewish Museum of Maryland.
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini Seance held at The Jewish Museum of Maryland in Baltimore, MD.

➤ Jan. 6: Houdini's Last Secrets 4-part series airs on the Science Channel.
➤ April 14 to Aug. 18, 2019: Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini exhibition at The Breman Museum in Atlanta, GA.
➤ May 17: The Grim Game 100th anniversary screening on Catalina Island.
➤ May 17 to Sept. 19: Houdini Las leyes del asombro exhibition in Quito, Ecuador.
➤ Sept. 26 to Jan. 5, 2020: Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini exhibition at The Jewish Museum Milwaukee, WI.
➤ Oct. 22: Publication of The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini by Joe Posnanski.
➤ Oct. 31: Official Houdini Seance in Niagara Falls, New York.

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