Todd Robbins' New Show Dark Deceptions

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 07/31/05 04:53 PM

Todd Robbins new show
Dark Deceptions: The Seance Experience
has five performances only as part of The New York International Fringe Festival.

Saturday, August 13th 5:30 PM
Tuesday, August 16th 11:15 PM
Thursday, August 18th 8:45 PM
Saturday, August 20th Noon
Wednesday, August 24th 11:30 PM

The Players Theater - 115 Macdougal Street, NYC (between Bleecker and West 3rd)

Tickets go on sale August 1st at

For Immediate Release
Contact Todd Robbins at 212-664-0456

Raising the Dead for Fun and Profit!
Todd Robbins presents
Dark Deceptions: The Sance Experience

The New York International Fringe Festival-FringeNYC
A production of The Present Company

August 12th - 28th
All Tickets: $15. For tickets visit or call
In New York: 212-279-4488 or Outside New York: 1-888-FringeNYC

Todd Robbins, creator of the off-Broadway hit Carnival Knowledge, returns to the NY International Fringe Festival with the world premiere of his new show, Dark Deceptions: The Sance Experience.

Todd sums up the show this way, For the last one hundred and fifty years, the Spiritualist movement has claimed to make contact with the dead. From that first day to this, it has been a movement filled with both fraud and delusion. This show will be no different.

Todd employs trickery to produce manifestations right before the eyes of the audience, and covert trance induction to conjure up phenomenon within their minds. Todd creates the illusion that the dead have return to walk among the living. In this seventy-five minute performance, Todd presents what sitters at a 19th century sance would have experienced.

A chill will run up and down the spine as the innermost thoughts of audience members are revealed, the pulse of an audience member is stopped and started at will, a spirit message appears on writing slates, a tambourine rattle and a bell ring as they float through the air, a malevolent poltergeist is exorcised and ghostly apparitions materialize and vanish. All this and more will be presented in this one-man show.

In creating this show, Todd draws upon his wealth of knowledge in the realm of all things deceptive. He has used his expertise, gained by walking down the shady streets of fraud, on numerous TV programs and has consulted on various articles, documentaries and films.

His entertaining discourse on scams and flimflam, The Pros of Con, has been well received in the corporate and college market. The talk has also been endorsed by the various groups of police officers and bunco investigators, including the Professionals Against Confidence Crime.

On the entertaining side of deceit, he has spent more than twenty-five years performing magic in every venue imaginable from the stage of the sideshow in Coney Island to the stage of Carnegie Hall. He is a producer of New Yorks longest running magic show, Monday Night Magic, now entering its ninth year.

For more information about Dark Deceptions, please go to the web site at

Dark Deceptions is part of the New York International Fringe Festival
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