Cody Clark is a 24 year old professional magician/autistic self-advocate living in Louisville, KY. He was diagnosed as autistic at 15 months of age and his parents were told he’d never walk, talk, get married, have a job, etc. Instead, he had a wonderful childhood full of Thomas the Tank Engine and Mr. Rogers Neighborhood and at the age of 11, was so inspired by being asked to participate in Bart Rockett’s magic show in Gulf Shores, AL that he decided he wanted to become a magician. He learned his craft from the Louisville Magic Club, the Jeff McBride Magic & Mystery School, and his studies at the University of Louisville, culminating in a Bachelors degree in Marketing w/ a minor in Theatre Arts. He’s taken his knowledge of the art of magic and created a unique and deeply personal style of performance by incorporating his passions for theatre, stand-up comedy, classic country music, storytelling, and autism advocacy within his routines. These routines form the various shows Cody can perform at your next event, such as:
Cody Clark-A Different Way of Thinking: A 60 minute solo show/magic show in which Cody takes the audience through his life from birth to present, using his magic routines and stories to give a first-person account of living with autism. He uses this show as a form of autistic self-advocacy, showing audiences that autism is nothing to be scared of, just a different way of seeing the world! He can perform it at fringe festivals, solo performance festivals, small to medium size theatres, K-12 schools, colleges, teacher professional development, and directly for autism advocacy groups.
Sensory Friendly Theatre Consulting: Cody’s first hand knowledge of how autistic audience members may perceive a show differently has been valued by theatre companies across the country as they seek to make their shows accessible to autistic audiences. He is more than happy to consult with your theatre production about ways your show and facilities can be made as sensory friendly as possible. Consultations can be in person and/or through video chat.
Adult Day Care Show: Cody’s ability to adjust his performance style on a moment’s whim allows him to bring a special 30 minute magic show to autism schools, adult day cares, and self-contained classrooms which would otherwise not be able to attend live performances.
All-Purposes Magic Show: Cody’s broad knowledge of magic ensures that he’s not limited to solely performing Cody Clark: A Different Way of Thinking. He can perform shows ranging from 10 minutes to 45 minutes with routines that are both uniquely Cody and can be presented under a variety of circumstances. He’s performed these kinds of shows at monthly magic shows, ensemble shows, weddings, banquets, summer camps, arts festivals, and other kinds of events.