Franz Bardon was born on December 1, 1909, in Katherein, near Opava in the present day Czech Republic. He died on July 10, 1958, in Brno, Czech Republic. He attended public school in Opava, and later apprenticed as a mechanic. His stage name of “Frabato,” is an abbreviation of Franz Bardon Troppau Opava. In order to direct the attention of the people to the magical sciences, he performed for his audience the possibilities of genuine magic. To the end of the 1920’s he appeared as a performer of magic in Germany and from 1945 to 1951 in his homeland, the Czech Republic.
His main profession, however, was that of Naturopath, which he began to practice in 1941. He attended and graduated from the Naturopathic College in Munich. In 1945, due to a lack of medical doctors he was given the position of the administrator of a hospital in Opava. Since he achieved extraordinary successes with his remedies (for example, he was able to completely cure second stage cancer), in 1958 a campaign was started by the medical establishment to discredit Franz Bardon’s healing successes with false accusations, which led to his final arrest in April, 1958. During detention Bardon died in the prison hospital of an old illness, before sentence was passed, for which the authorities refused to give him medication.
The special history of this work required serious consideration on my part before I, Dieter Rüggeberg, published it under the name of Franz Bardon, and the importance of the subject matter finally decided the issue. To pay tribute to the truth, I should not conceal the fact from the reader that, in actuality, Franz Bardon supplied only the framework for this book. Being pressed for time, he left its entire completion and embellishment to his secretary, Otti Votavova. Unfortunately, Bardon’s posthumous manuscript was not ready for print, and therefore I had to revise it.
Now the full name of the lodge that is mentioned in Frabato the Magician shall be revealed. The abbreviation FOGC means: Freemasonic Order of the Golden Centurie. The Latin expression centurie represents the number 100.
I would like to pass on some of the information which, according to Otti Votavova, she received directly from Franz Bardon. According to her, Adolf Hitler was a member of a 99 Lodge. In addition, Hitler and some of his confidants were members of the Thule Order, which was simply the external instrument of a group of powerful Tibetan black magicians, who used the members of the Thule Order for their own purposes.
Bardon was offered a high position in the Third Reich by Adolf Hitler, but only in exchange for his help in winning the war with his magical abilities. Moreover, Bardon was also expected to reveal to Hitler the locations of the other ninety-eight lodges throughout the world. When Bardon refused, he was exposed to cruel torture. But then he was released, because it was assumed that he would soon die due the severe injuries he had sustained. After the war Franz Bardon discovered through his magical abilities that Hitler had fled to South America, and in order not to be recognized he had several facial plastic surgeries.
Regarding Hitler’s flight to South America, I would like to mention that on March 5, 1979 the German Bild Zeitung reported that Hitler’s private plane was found in a South American jungle. But the most important questions were not asked: “How did Hitler’s private plane get there? Who was in the plane?”
I leave it to the reader to discern who Franz Bardon was and from whence his magical abilities came. After reading Frabato the Magician, if the student of magic is interested in pursuing the spiritual path of Franz Bardon’s series of books on Hermetics, there are no greater works than Bardon’s Initiation into Hermetics, The Key to the True Kabbalah and The Practice of Magical Evocation.