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Mike Makman

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Mike Makman
BornMichael Arnold Makman
May 22 1941
Cleveland, Ohio
DiedMarch 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."

He was a member of the I.B.M. (1989-2003). [1]


  • 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