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Blog: 03.10.11

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 06:00 AM

Todd Robbins, Play Dead Todd Robbins in "Play Dead" (Carol Rosegg)

In the off-Broadway spook show Play Dead, master magician Todd Robbins delights in pointing out that illusions are merely that.  Mind-reading: fake.  Speaking to the dead: fake.  Audience members disappearing in plume of sulfuric acid: fake.  But he performs one trick that’s shockingly, horrifyingly real.

So real, that Kurt had to see it up close.  The video below speaks for itself, but it always bears repeating: don’t try this at home.


This weekend on the show, Kurt talks with Teller, “Play Dead”'s co-creator and director — he reveals a couple of the creepy things they do to audiences in the dark. (Related shocker: Teller, the silent half of the magic/comedy duo Penn & Teller, speaks.)


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