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Samri Frikell

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Samri Frikell
BornCharles Fulton Oursler
January 22, 1893
Baltimore, Maryland
DiedMay 24, 1952 (age 59)
New York City
Resting placeGate of Heaven Cemetery

Samri Frikell (1893 - 1952), born Charles Fulton Oursler, was an American journalist, writer, amateur magician and psychic investigator.


His childhood passions were reading and stage magic. He reported for the Baltimore American before an editing job allowed him to move to New York City.

He made his pseudonym by combining the names of Samri Baldwin and Wiljalba Frikell.

Oursler had many friends among magicians and would attended S. A. M. Parent Assembly shows and functions of the Magician's Guild. He was especially close with Ching Ling Foo, Long Tack Sam, Carl Rosini, Houdini, Hardeen, Nate Leipzig and Thurston.

With Thurston he ghosted two souvenir books and worked on a movie project, but nothing came of it.

We wrote columns for Eagle Magician and Combined Magical Club Bulletin.

Oursler died while halfway through writing his autobiography.


  • Spirit mediums exposed (1930)


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