The magical career of Herr Adalbert Frikell, the son of Wiljalba Frikell, saw both high spots and low spots. Paul Freeman charts his life from the time he arrived in England, through to the high point of his royal performances, to the lean years and his ultimate death in poverty. Did he commit suicide or was it death by natural causes? Paul’s illustrated talk answers this question and sheds much light on the rise and fall of this talented magician.
The item is dated in ink 7 July 1880. It mentions that Mr. Maskelyne’s New Musical Apparatus will be shown for the first time. Musical instruments held by the audience in the centre of the hall will be made to play with taste and precision. Little Louie and Herr A. Frikell are also mentioned.