Although amulets and talismans have been around since the dawn of man, there is still some confusion about the difference between the two. There is a basic difference between amulets and talismans, although they are really two sides of the same coin. An amulet is traditionally used as a protection tool. Amulets are believed to have the power to ward off negative energy, evil spirits, or even illness. Examples of these include lucky coins, garlic, runes, the crucifix, and such. Talismans are the opposite. They are believed to give more power and positive energy to the person wearing one. These are amplifiers that can help the wearer and lead you to right thoughts. Some examples of talismans are Excallibur, a magic wand, or Aladdin's lamp. Like Samson believing that his power was in his hair, the belief that something is making you stronger is the hallmark of a talisman.