Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Charles Fulton Oursler

Charles Fulton Oursler 
(January 22, 1893 Baltimore, Maryland - May 24, 1952 New York City)

   Fulton was an American journalist, playwright, editor and writer. Writing as Anthony Abbot, he was a notable author of mysteries and detective fiction.

   Oursler grew up in Baltimore, the poor son of a city transit worker. His childhood passions were reading and stage magic.

   In the 1920s Oursler aided Harry Houdini in his crusade against fraudulent mediumship. He even crusaded himself, under the pseudonym Samri Frikell.He was the author of the book Spirit Mediums Exposed (1930) which revealed the techniques of fraud mediums. John Mulholland wrote that Samri Frikell, was the pen name of Oursler when writing on the subject of magic and spiritualism. He made it by combining the names of two magicians, Samri Baldwin and Wiljalba Frikell.

"Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves - regret for the past and fear of the future." - Oursler

Read more at... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulton_Oursler