Show Review from the Birmingham Owl:

Houdini draws crowds to see his demonstrations of lock-picking. He announced that his last Continental feat had been an escape from the van in which prisoners for Siberia are taken to gaol.

Variety Show featuring The Original Houdini – ‘the Jail Breaker and Handcuff King of the World’

  • Opening Night: 31 October 1904
  • Performance: 05 November 1904
  • Genre: Variety

1. Professor Welsen – with his Swedish bar
2. Jenny Hartley – soubrette
3. The Waltons – Chinese equilibrists
4. Madeleine May – comedienne
5. The Freydas – gymnasts
6. Merton and Rydon – vocal speciality artistes
7. Duncan’s Royal Scotch Collies
8. The Three Sisters Selwyn – speciality vocalists and dancers
9. The Original! ‘Not a Copy’ -?The Original Houdini – ‘the Jail Breaker and Handcuff King of the World. Winner of the Great Handcuff Contest as Challenged by the London Daily Illustrated Mirror’.
All other shows on this order are copies of the above, this bars no Act or Performer
10. Animated Pictures

  • Number of Acts: 10
  • Number of Performances: 13
  • Performance Times: Monday to Saturday at 18:00 and 21:00 with a matinee performance on Thursday at 14:30
  • Circus: Equilibrists; Gymnasts; Handcuff King
  • Notes: -0