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ISBN-13: 978-1885928153
ISBN-10: 1885928157
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The four Bardon books can be considered unsurpassed classics. You will find more information in one Bardon book than in a hundred other books on this subject. The reader will be pleasantly surprised that nothing is hidden behind the veil of incompetence or arrogance. Everything is out in the open and nothing is omitted. These books have enjoyed a world-wide acceptance since 1958, which we feel will continue to grow. We feel that everyone is entitled to this knowledge and not just a select few, since this was the intention of Divine Providence. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Though cast in the form of a novel, Frabato the Magician is in fact the spiritual autobiography of Franz Bardon, one of the twentieth century's greatest Hermetic adepts. Frabato was the author's stage name during his career as a performing magician, and it is Frabato who occupies center stage in the novel as well. Set in Dresden, Germany, in the early 1930s, the story chronicles Frabato's magical battles with the members of a powerful and dangerous black lodge, his escape from Germany during the final desperate days of the Weimar Republic, and the beginning of the spiritual mission which was to culminate in Franz Bardon's classic books on Hermetic magic.

More than an occult novel, Frabato the Magician is itself a work of magic which illuminates Bardon's other books as well as providing a revealing look into the dark occult forces which lay behind the rise of the Third Reich. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Merkur Pub Co (November 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885928157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885928153
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,480,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. Todish on June 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
I am a student of Bardon's first 3 books and treasure them dearly. This book is written by his student/secretary in a novel form depicting some of Bardon's adventures. It is very comic book like in style and at times I was surprised and dissapointed in the ways that Bardon supposedly acted as depicted by this book. He seemed very egotistical and seemed to enjoy showing off and demonstrating his powers to others. These examples may be exagerrations of his true character however since they were written by his secretary/student and not himself.

I gave this book 4 stars because it does contain many interesting examples of his magical techniques from all 3 books and is very interesting reading indeed. He uses his magic mirror, summons spirits, influences others, commands elementals and more..

Also there is a section in the eppendix containing notes of an unfinished 4th book. That was the main reason I purchassed this book but it was very dissapointing since it realy does not contain any interesting information that a student of the first 3 books does not already know. It also does not contain any exercises or teachings.

This book can not even begin to compare to Bardons 3 masterpieces but I do reccommend it be read by a serious student of his works.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Asbestos on November 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Although Bardon's instructional books are, arguably, the best on the occult market, I cannot say that Frabato is of the same quality. Actually, it is important to note that this book was not actually written by Bardon, but by one of his students. Clearly, Bardon was idealized in Frabato (Frabato having been his stage name while he was travelling). Sadly I cannot recommend this to individuals looking for a good read. On the other hand, Bardonofiles may enjoy it, as it does offer some insight into the man, as well as offer an entertaining, if grossly exagerated view of Bardon.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 9, 2001
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This book is written very badly. Some parts I believe from a magickal perspective but some parts are really just a little too far out there. I think F. Bardon is the greatest teacher of Hermetics and I have his 3 books teaching the subject but this one was created from an outline he had drawn up before his death and was fleshed out by O.V. who was his secretary and there could have been some 'modifications' made. It has some interesting truths about F.B.'s life but maybe some not so truthful stuff also. Just a guess on my part, however.. Over all, it isn't necessary for training in Hermetics that Franz offers in his other 3 books which are absolutely wonderful in their teaching and content. Peace, Marz
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Hori on February 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
Frabato (Bardon) battles the Evil Lodge on the eve of WWII. This book is written in a "Flash Gordon Vs. The Cosmic Meanies" style, further fractured through the services of a bad translator. If this is Bardon in action, then imagine a scratchy sound track, really evil bad guys in black suits and top hats, and the ultimate good guys being Koot Hoomie and His Ascended Masters gliding to the rescue on flying carpets. Bardon's secretary wrote this one and I really believe she was planning to farm this script out to Fritz Lang. At most, quaint, at worst, a disappointment to anyone seeking enlightenment on the Hermetic front.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Konrei on August 10, 2012
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Frabato was the stage name of the highly-evolved Adept and Bodhisattva Franz Bardon (1909-1958), who wrote three seminal works on hermetic magic.

According to this book, ascribed to Bardon as author but actually written by his personal secretary Otti Votavova, Bardon was engaged in an occult war with one of the many black lodges that had sprouted throughout Weimar Germany in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

Whether a reader wants to take this as a novel or as an inspired biography or even as an inspired autobiography, there is NO question that such lodges existed in interwar Germany, that several (like the Thule Group) had a direct influence on the National Socialist movement, and that Hitler was a member of a black lodge at some point in time. According to FRABATO THE MAGICIAN, Hitler was a member of the very lodge Bardon was pitted against.

Eventually, Frabato was forced to flee Germany and return to his native Czechoslovakia. After that nation was conquered by Nazi Germany, Bardon was put into a Concentration Camp. Although he survived the war, his life was ended while in police custody in his then-Communist home country.

Those who doubt the reality of the Nazi/occult connection are referred to the filmed funeral of Reinhardt Heydrich which is replete with Nazi occult symbolism and ritual, and to Peter Levenda's Unholy Alliance: A History of Nazi Involvement with the Occult and Goodrick-Clarke's The Occult Roots of Nazism: Secret Aryan Cults and Their Influence on Nazi Ideology.

FRABATO THE MAGICIAN is mesmerizing.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Casper on November 22, 2004
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This book is very interesting and helped in getting me inspired in reading Bardons other works. Nevertheless it has to be noted that this book has to be read with a pinch of salt. This was not written by Bardon and would seen completely uncharacteristic of him to write in this style (judging from his other books).
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