|Born||Michael Arnold Makman|
May 22 1941
|Died||March 26, 2012 (age 70) |
New York, New York
Mike Makman (1941-2012) was a New York magician who originally performed as the character "Professor Puter", as in "computer". He later changed his stage name to Professor Putter, as in "puttering around".
Aspiring to be an actor since high school, he graduated from Carnegie Mellon (Pittsburgh) with a B.F.A. in drama,. He moved to New York City where he worked from for the rest of his life. He performed in the national touring companies (Godspell, 1776, Oliver, and The Fantasticks), in commercials, on soap operas, and on radio shows. He created "Professor Putter" for television’s "Romper Room," (and later toured with it). He also created a suitcase called his "Gadgetorium."
- Metrocard Mania with Professor Putter (1999)
- M-U-M, Vol. 84, No. 6. NOVEMBER 1994, Prof. Putter, Autobiography, pages 9, 11, 21
- The Linking Ring, Vol. 79, No. 5, May 1999, HOKUS POKUS PARADE, PROFESSOR PUTTER ONE-MAN PARADE, BIOGRAPHY, page 87