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Hal Merton

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Hal Merton

Cover of Sphinx (May, 1910)
BornWalter George Peterkin
January 24, 1876
Brooklyn, New York
DiedAugust 27, 1948 (age 72)
Amityville, New York

Hal Merton (1876-1948) was the stage name of Walter George Peterkin who performed on the lyceum circuit as a magician and ventriloquist.


He was owner and publisher of Mahatma from February 1900 - 1901.[1][2][3]

He left money to Amityville, New York to build and maintain a park called 'Peterkin Park' in memory of his parents.[4]


  1. Who's Who in the lyceum By Alfred Augustus Wright (1906)
  2. Cover of Mahatma, Vol. 3, No. 9, March 1900, Walter G. Peterkin, page 289
  • Cover, Mahatma, Vol. 3, No. 4, October 1899, Hal Merton, page 289
  • Cover, The Sphinx, Vol. 9, No. 3, May 2010, Hal Merton, page 55
  • Cover, The American Magician, Vol. 4, No. 5, July 1912, Hal Merton, page 283
  • The Linking Ring, Vol. 28, No. 12, February 1949, Broken Wand, Hal Merton, page 87