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Jim Menke (Mr. Puppetman)
  • Male
  • Buffalo, NY
  • United States
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Profile Information

Buffalo, NY
Relationship to Puppetry
perfoprmer, puppetmaker, writer, director, teacher
What First Got Me Interested in Puppetry
Being born
My Puppetry (or Puppet) Hero
Les and Ellie Heath, the Lesselli Marionettes
If I Were a Puppet, I'd Be...
My purple walrus, Wallingford J. Walrus, Jr.
More About Me:
Mr. Puppetman is how I'm known by all the neighbors both adults and Children.
Puppeteer since the age of 6, professional since age of 18. Won the All Army Entertainment contest in 1959 and was selected as an act in the world touring show Rolling Along of 1959. Did a 10 minute marionette act, was straight man for a comic and was in group musical numbers. Toured my own marionette story shows in 27 states and territories and foreign countries. Had 6 different TV series plus Tv commercials in Buffalo. Also performed on TV in Germany and Japan.
For 17 years I was shows supervisor at a local theme park (Fantasy Island) writing live musifcal shows, ringmaster for a circus ,puppet shows and narrating Wild West gunfights,
My Company/Troupe/Group
Jim Menke Puppets
Affiliations/Professional Organizations
Puppeteers of America

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Comment Wall (7 comments)

At 1:00pm on October 26, 2009, Robert "Bob" Brown said…
The pinhead. It's inside the main structure.
At 8:42am on January 31, 2010, Philip Hatter said…
I honestly can't remember exactly how big the head was. I wanna say it was just under a foot wide. As long as you can get your hand comfortably inide, you should be fine. I'm glad you've enjoyed the series.
At 9:09pm on April 11, 2010, PuppetSmith said…
Thanks Jim!
At 2:20pm on August 29, 2010, Pix Smith said…
Goodbye my friend. Back to the marionettes again at last!
At 8:15pm on October 27, 2010, paul griswold said…
I saw your show when I was a kid very entertaining.

At 9:21pm on October 27, 2010, Brad Lowe said…
I am so glad you've shared your stories with me.
Thank you.
Jim passed away
August 29, 2010
R;I;P. Jim.
At 3:06pm on November 12, 2010, Rick Morse said…
Rest in peace, Jim. I'm forever grateful for your generosity and friendship.

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