Appearing at TEDxBroadway 2014: Magician Todd Robbins

Penn Jillette, Todd Robbins, and Teller. Photo Credit: Richard Kornberg & Associates

Penn Jillette, Todd Robbins (center) and Teller. Photo Credit: Richard Kornberg & Associates

You take your seat. The lights go out. The doors are locked and a voice booms that you can’t get out. This is the beginning of Todd Robbins’ Play Dead, an interactive theatrical experience that just finished an extended run at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. While you listen to “true ghost stories about real people and unholy resurrection” and watch eerie stage illusions, a pair of unexpected hands might even startle you with their touch. It’s a comic thriller from the minds of magician, lecturer, actor and author Todd Robbins and Penn of Penn & Teller.

Robbins has popped up on the circuit of major network morning shows and late-night talkfests, including Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Conan. He’s one of the producers of New York’s longest-running magic show, Monday Night Magic, and its sister show, Magical Nights at Feinstein’s. But he’s best known for his work with Coney Island — magic, circus and burlesque. His Drama Desk-nominated off-Broadway hit Carnival Knowledge chronicled some of his experiences with a behind-the-scenes look at the world of the American sideshow.

Robbins has a unique perspective on show business because during his 30-year career, he’s done a little bit of everything. He even wrote a cult classic book, The Modern Con Man: How to Get Something for Nothing, and created the companion Modern Con Man DVD Collection.

This month, he’ll share a few tricks and demystify some illusions about the live entertainment industry. Buy your tickets to TEDxBroadway 2014 today!

And watch below as theater writer Adam Feldman introduces a trick by Robbins, who’s ranked as one of 10 of New York’s most skilled magicians.

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