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'''Todd Robbins''' (born August 15, 1958<ref name="villager">{{Cite news | title=He eats light bulbs, fire and walks on glass | url=http://www.thevillager.com/villager_16/heaatslight.html | author=Tallmer, Jerry | newspaper=[[The Villager]] | volume=73 | issue=15 | date=Auguast 13-19, 2003 | accessdate=July 31, 2009 | postscript=. }}</ref>) is an American magician, lecturer, actor, and author.  
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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>
  
He starred in an off-Broadway show ''Carnival Knowledge'' which ran from 2002<ref name="CarnyFolk"/> to 2004 and featured Robbins eating light bulbs<ref name="villager"/> and swallowing swords.<ref>{{Cite news | title=Dept. of Digestion: A Maalox Moment | url=http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2003/10/13/031013ta_talk_kaplan | author=Kaplan, Howard | newspaper=[[The New Yorker]] | date=October 13, 2003 | accessdate=July 31, 2009 | postscript=. }}</ref>
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He starred in an off-Broadway show ''Carnival Knowledge'' which ran from 2002<ref name="CarnyFolk"/> to 2004 and featured Robbins eating light bulbs<ref name="villager"/> and swallowing swords.<ref>{{Cite news | title=Dept. of Digestion: A Maalox Moment | url=http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2003/10/13/031013ta_talk_kaplan | author=Kaplan, Howard | newspaper=The New Yorker | date=October 13, 2003 | accessdate=July 31, 2009 | postscript=. }}</ref>
  
In 2008 he toured as part of a stage show called ''Hoodwinked'' with [[Bob Arno]], [[Banachek]] and [[Richard Turner]].<ref>{{Cite news | url=http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=bf16353a-b91a-48a5-8d26-e528e3076710 | title=If it weren't onstage, it'd be illegal | newspaper=[[The Montreal Gazette]] | author=Greenaway, K | date=July 10, 2008 | accessdate=July 31, 2009 | postscript=. }}</ref><ref>{{Cite news | title=Woo in Review: HOODWINKED | author=Smith, Alison | newspaper=SWIFT | publisher=[[James Randi Educational Foundation]] | url=http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/swift-blog/314-woo-in-review-hoodwinked.html | date=November 25, 2008 | accessdate=July 31, 2009 | postscript=. }}</ref>
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In 2008 he toured as part of a stage show called ''Hoodwinked'' with [[Bob Arno]], [[Banachek]] and [[Richard Turner]].<ref>{{Cite news | url=http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=bf16353a-b91a-48a5-8d26-e528e3076710 | title=If it weren't onstage, it'd be illegal | newspaper=The Montreal Gazette | author=Greenaway, K | date=July 10, 2008 | accessdate=July 31, 2009 | postscript=. }}</ref><ref>{{Cite news | title=Woo in Review: HOODWINKED | author=Smith, Alison | newspaper=SWIFT | publisher=[[James Randi Educational Foundation]] | url=http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/swift-blog/314-woo-in-review-hoodwinked.html | date=November 25, 2008 | accessdate=July 31, 2009 | postscript=. }}</ref>
  
 
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."<ref>{{cite web | url=http://comics.com/ripleys_believe_it_or_not/2009-08-27/ | title=Ripley's Believe It or Not! | date=August 27, 2009 | accessdate=December 5, 2009 | publisher=[[United Media]] }}</ref>
 
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."<ref>{{cite web | url=http://comics.com/ripleys_believe_it_or_not/2009-08-27/ | title=Ripley's Believe It or Not! | date=August 27, 2009 | accessdate=December 5, 2009 | publisher=[[United Media]] }}</ref>
  
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.<ref>{{Cite news | title=Teller’s Las Vegas-born Play Dead is headed to off-Broadway | date=September 16, 2010 | accessdate=September 27, 2010 | url=http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/blogs/luxe-life/2010/sep/16/tellers-las-vegas-born-emplay-deadem-headed--broad/ | newspaper=[[Las Vegas Weekly]] | author=Chareunsy, Don | postscript=<!-- Bot inserted parameter. Either remove it; or change its value to "." for the cite to end in a ".", as necessary. -->{{inconsistent citations}} }}</ref>
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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.<ref>{{Cite news | title=Teller’s Las Vegas-born Play Dead is headed to off-Broadway | date=September 16, 2010 | accessdate=September 27, 2010 | url=http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/blogs/luxe-life/2010/sep/16/tellers-las-vegas-born-emplay-deadem-headed--broad/ | newspaper=Las Vegas Weekly | author=Chareunsy, Don | postscript=<!-- Bot inserted parameter. Either remove it; or change its value to "." for the cite to end in a ".", as necessary. -->{{inconsistent citations}} }}</ref>
  
 
Todd Robbins has worked for Ripley's Believe It Or Not! <ref>O'Brien, Tim [http://www.ripleysnewsroom.com/swallowafter2010/ "World Sword Swallowing Day Celebrated"], ''Ripley's Newsroom'', March 3, 2010, accessed February 1, 2011.</ref> and was also a ringmaster at the Big Apple Circus.
 
Todd Robbins has worked for Ripley's Believe It Or Not! <ref>O'Brien, Tim [http://www.ripleysnewsroom.com/swallowafter2010/ "World Sword Swallowing Day Celebrated"], ''Ripley's Newsroom'', March 3, 2010, accessed February 1, 2011.</ref> and was also a ringmaster at the Big Apple Circus.
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Todd Robbins (born August 15, 1958[1]) is an American magician, lecturer, actor, and author.

Todd Robbins
BornAugust 15, 1958
USA


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.