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Hal Merton

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

Hal Merton

Cover of Sphinx (May, 1910)
BornWalter George Peterkin
January 24, 1876
Brooklyn, New York
Amityville, New York

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 (March, 1900)