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He was born in Long Beach, California, the son of soap executive and a schoolteacher.  In 1980 he moved to New York City to pursue a career in theater. Instead he resurrected his interest in magic and carnivals and ended up working at Coney Island.<ref name="villager"/><ref name="CarnyFolk">{{cite book | author=Hornberger, Francine | title=Carny Folk: The World's Weirdest Sideshow Acts | url=http://books.google.com/?id=gq3oQDz9bHoC&pg=RA2-PT102&dq=%22Todd+Robbins%22+1958&q=%22Todd%20Robbins%22%201958 | location=New York | publisher=Citadel Press | year=2005 | pages=181–184 | accessdate=July 31, 2009 | isbn= 9780806526614 | oclc=57380512 }}</ref>
 
He was born in Long Beach, California, the son of soap executive and a schoolteacher.  In 1980 he moved to New York City to pursue a career in theater. Instead he resurrected his interest in magic and carnivals and ended up working at Coney Island.<ref name="villager"/><ref name="CarnyFolk">{{cite book | author=Hornberger, Francine | title=Carny Folk: The World's Weirdest Sideshow Acts | url=http://books.google.com/?id=gq3oQDz9bHoC&pg=RA2-PT102&dq=%22Todd+Robbins%22+1958&q=%22Todd%20Robbins%22%201958 | location=New York | publisher=Citadel Press | year=2005 | pages=181–184 | accessdate=July 31, 2009 | isbn= 9780806526614 | oclc=57380512 }}</ref>
  
He has been featured on more than 100 television shows, which include multiple appearances on David Letterman, Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien; ''[[Masters of Illusion (TV show)|Masters of Illusion]]''; and the NBC special ''Extreme Variety''. He was a featured guest on ''[[Criss Angel Mindfreak]]''<ref name="imdb">{{imdb name|1273853}}</ref> and is also the main subject of the 2005 documentary [http://www.americancarny.com/ American Carny: True Tales From The Circus Sideshow] directed by Nick Basile.<ref name="imdb"/>
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He has been featured on more than 100 television shows, which include multiple appearances on David Letterman, Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien; ''[[Masters of Illusion (TV show)|Masters of Illusion]]''; and the NBC special ''Extreme Variety''. He was a featured guest on ''Criss Angel Mindfreak''<ref name="imdb">{{imdb name|1273853}}</ref> and is also the main subject of the 2005 documentary [http://www.americancarny.com/ American Carny: True Tales From The Circus Sideshow] directed by Nick Basile.<ref name="imdb"/>
  
 
Todd Robbins is one of five partners in the longest running off-Broadway show, Monday Night Magic.<ref name="villager"/><ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.mondaynightmagic.com/performers.html | title=MNM Performers | publisher=Monday Night Magic | accessdate=July 31, 2009 }}</ref>
 
Todd Robbins is one of five partners in the longest running off-Broadway show, Monday Night Magic.<ref name="villager"/><ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.mondaynightmagic.com/performers.html | title=MNM Performers | publisher=Monday Night Magic | accessdate=July 31, 2009 }}</ref>

Revision as of 17:00, 11 May 2011

Todd Robbins (born August 15, 1958[1]) is an American magician, lecturer, actor, and author.

Biography

He was born in Long Beach, California, the son of soap executive and a schoolteacher. In 1980 he moved to New York City to pursue a career in theater. Instead he resurrected his interest in magic and carnivals and ended up working at Coney Island.[1][2]

He has been featured on more than 100 television shows, which include multiple appearances on David Letterman, Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien; Masters of Illusion; and the NBC special Extreme Variety. He was a featured guest on Criss Angel Mindfreak[3] and is also the main subject of the 2005 documentary American Carny: True Tales From The Circus Sideshow directed by Nick Basile.[3]

Todd Robbins is one of five partners in the longest running off-Broadway show, Monday Night Magic.[1][4]

He starred in an off-Broadway show Carnival Knowledge which ran from 2002[2] to 2004 and featured Robbins eating light bulbs[1] and swallowing swords.[5]

In 2008 he toured as part of a stage show called Hoodwinked with Bob Arno, Banachek and Richard Turner.[6][7]

In 2009 Robbins was featured in a Ripley's Believe It or Not! cartoon panel noting that he had "chewed and swallowed over 4,000 light bulbs."[8]

In 2010 Robbins is starring in Play Dead, written by Robbins and Teller of Penn & Teller, a "throwback to the spook shows of the 1930s and ’40s" that ran September 12 - 24 in Las Vegas before opening Off Broadway in New York at The Players Theatre.[9]

Todd Robbins has worked for Ripley's Believe It Or Not! [10] and was also a ringmaster at the Big Apple Circus.

Books

  • Robbins, Todd (2008). The Modern Con Man: How to Get Something for Nothing New York: Bloomsbury USA. 240 pages. isbn = 159691453X

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 He eats light bulbs, fire and walks on glass Tallmer, Jerry The Villager 73 15 Auguast 13-19, 2003 link July 31, 2009
  2. 2.0 2.1 Carny Folk: The World's Weirdest Sideshow Acts Hornberger, Francine Citadel Press 2005 http://books.google.com/?id=gq3oQDz9bHoC&pg=RA2-PT102&dq=%22Todd+Robbins%22+1958&q=%22Todd%20Robbins%22%201958
  3. 3.0 3.1 Todd_Robbins at the Internet Movie Database
  4. MNM Performers
  5. Dept. of Digestion: A Maalox Moment Kaplan, Howard The New Yorker October 13, 2003 link July 31, 2009
  6. If it weren't onstage, it'd be illegal Greenaway, K The Montreal Gazette July 10, 2008 link July 31, 2009
  7. Woo in Review: HOODWINKED Smith, Alison James Randi Educational Foundation SWIFT November 25, 2008 link July 31, 2009
  8. Ripley's Believe It or Not!
  9. Teller’s Las Vegas-born Play Dead is headed to off-Broadway Chareunsy, Don Las Vegas Weekly September 16, 2010 link September 27, 2010
  10. O'Brien, Tim "World Sword Swallowing Day Celebrated", Ripley's Newsroom, March 3, 2010, accessed February 1, 2011.