During late 1897 & into early 1898 Houdini traveled with a medicine show called The California Concert Company. Information on his performances, daily actives, stories, promotional materials, etc. for each stop is vital to research of this book. Below is a list of the towns The California Concert Company preformed in. Please click on any of the listings for additional information and interesting facts I have uncovered. Any information about Houdini in these locations would be highly valued & credited in the book.
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During a cold winter in November of 1897, Bess & Harry Houdini would arrive in Garnett, KS by train. With almost no money and already enduring an episode of Harry sprawled across the train tracks to stop the train in order to save their luggage and the Metamorphosis illusion trunk, their time in Kansas from November 1897 to February 1898 would not be easy, but it would turn out to be historic & unforgettable.
During the Thanksgiving week of 1923, Harry Houdini would return to Kansas as one of the biggest stars in the world. During that week in Wichita, he was put into a straitjacket and hung upside down from the Beacon building on Main St. The Innes Company would construct a box that he could not possibly escape from on stage at the Orpheum Theater. He would take to the radio and discuss Spiritualism. He also had a new movie showing at the Holland Theater, Haldane of the Secret Service. After a full week in Wichita in November 1923, he would escape Kansas once again, to never return......
During Harry Houdini's brief time in Kansas, he would perform some of his most famous illusions, make wagers with law enforcement, practice & also vehemently denounce Spiritualism and later claim to have beent shot in the hand in Coffeyville, KS before escaping the state.
Join me, Don Creekmore, in researching, documenting & publishing a book detailing Harry & Bess Houdini's time in the Sunflower State. A time when an unknown magician selling "snake oil" on street corners of small Kansas mining towns would later become the most famous magician of all time.