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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
  3. http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:2797512&id=I553445760
  4. https://maps.google.com/maps/place?oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF-8&q=Peterkin+Park+Amityville&fb=1&gl=us&hq=Peterkin+Park&hnear=0x89e9d4e4628ee159:0x6282eade0c020be2,Amityville,+NY&cid=3206691909231920140
  • 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