Who is good with early 20th century manuscript German? This is the last written words of the magician Wiljalba Frikell, found in his suit jacket and given to Harry Houdini by Madame Frikell and now in the Houdini papers @ransomcenter. I’ve never seen it translated though. pic.twitter.com/38ObOqHgxY— Eric Colleary (@ecolleary) April 13, 2022
Wiljalba Frikell was a famous magician before Houdini's time. It was Frikell, not Robert-Houdin, who first rejected wizard robes in favor of wearing evening dress. The young Houdini went to great lengths to visit the magician at his home in Kotchenbroda, Germany in 1903. But when Harry arrived, he found Frikell laying dead in his parlor, having suffered a heart attack just hours before.
|Houdini at the Frikell home. (The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin)