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Todd Robbins (born August 15, 1958) is an American magician, lecturer, actor, and author.
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.
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 and is also the main subject of the 2005 documentary American Carny: True Tales From The Circus Sideshow directed by Nick Basile.
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."
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.
Todd Robbins has worked for Ripley's Believe It Or Not!  and was also a ringmaster at the Big Apple Circus.
- Robbins, Todd (2008). The Modern Con Man: How to Get Something for Nothing New York: Bloomsbury USA. 240 pages. isbn = 159691453X
- ↑ 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
- ↑ 2.0 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
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Todd_Robbins at the Internet Movie Database
- ↑ MNM Performers
- ↑ Dept. of Digestion: A Maalox Moment Kaplan, Howard The New Yorker October 13, 2003 link July 31, 2009
- ↑ If it weren't onstage, it'd be illegal Greenaway, K The Montreal Gazette July 10, 2008 link July 31, 2009
- ↑ Woo in Review: HOODWINKED Smith, Alison James Randi Educational Foundation SWIFT November 25, 2008 link July 31, 2009
- ↑ Ripley's Believe It or Not!
- ↑ Teller’s Las Vegas-born Play Dead is headed to off-Broadway Chareunsy, Don Las Vegas Weekly September 16, 2010 link September 27, 2010
- ↑ O'Brien, Tim "World Sword Swallowing Day Celebrated", Ripley's Newsroom, March 3, 2010, accessed February 1, 2011.