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News TODD ROBBINS PERFORMS CARNIVAL KNOWLEDGE AT MARLBORO, OCTOBER 22


MARLBORO, VT- (October 8, 2009) - Marlboro College will present Todd Robbins in Carnival Knowledge on Thursday, October 22 at 7:30 pm in the Whittemore Theater.

Robbins is a leading expert on the history of American sideshow culture. His one-man show combines stories behind the creation of famous carnival sideshow stunts such as the human blockhead, light bulb-eating, walking over broken glass, fire-breathing and sword-swallowing with the actual performance of those feats by Robbins.

Carnival Knowledge ran off-Broadway in the SoHo Playhouse from 2002-2004. It was nominated for a New York Drama Desk Award and was called ''a deliriously fun extravaganza'' by Time Out New York and ''A high-risk, stunningly skillful show'' by the New York Daily News.

General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 18 and under. Reservations can be made in advance by calling the Marlboro College event information line at 802-451-7151.

Todd Robbins has performed on the late night programs of David Letterman, Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien, and has been featured on other programs, including ''Criss Angel Mindfreak'' and ''Art or Something Like It.'' He contributed commentary to the 2004 DVD release of the documentary, ''Tod Browning's Freaks.''

In 2005, Robbins worked with filmmaker Nick Basile to create the documentary, ''American Carny: True Tales from the Circus Sideshow.'' He is also dean of the Coney Island Circus Sideshow School, which is part of Coney Island USA, a non-profit organization dedicated to reviving the historic landmark through exhibition and performance.

Press photos are available upon request. For more information, please contact the Marlboro College Public Relations office at 802-251-7644 or pr@marlboro.edu. In the event of inclement weather, please call 802-451-7151 for cancellation information.

Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of educational technology, internet technologies, health care administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.

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