On Stage Now: Play Dead
Friday, March 11, 2011
Always wanted to see a magician eat a light bulb, then disembowel an audience member? It happens every night at Play Dead — a ghoulish haunted house of a magic show Off Broadway. It's the creation of Teller (the short, silent half of Penn & Teller) and longtime Coney Island entertainer Todd Robbins. Kurt Andersen talks — yes, talks — with Teller about death and darkness, ghosts and the power to summon them.
During the show, Robbins delights in pointing out that illusions are merely that. Mind-reading: fake. Audience members disappearing in plume of sulfuric acid: fake. But he performs one trick that’s shockingly, horrifyingly real.
The video below speaks for itself, but it always bears repeating: don’t try this at home.
Video: Todd Robbins, Star of Play Dead, Eats a Light Bulb
Incidental Music from the off-Broadway show "Play Dead"Label: http://www.playdeadnyc.com/