Fringe 2019 Review: 'The Origins of My Magic'


Some people dismiss magic tricks as nothing but dime-store gimmickry, while others equate it with an excuse to lie for profit. But for Cody Clark, illusions are a way to express his honest self without being mocked for it. Clark is open with his audiences about his autism, but there’s much more to this up-and-coming young magician than being neuroatypical.

For his new production, The Origins of My Magic, Cody reframes some of his favorite tricks as metaphors for his formative influences, from Lance Burton and Dolly Parton to Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood and cheesy motivational speakers. Clark’s sleight-of-hand manipulations of cords and playing cards are convincing, especially when you consider how spectrum disorders can sometimes inhibit fine motor skills. Moreover, his mentalism effects — which appear to rely on reading subtle emotional cues — are even more impressive.

While Clark’s family-friend tricks might not be all that flashy, his witty, self-aware script made me laugh out loud more than once. It’s been a couple of years since Clark made his first Fringe appearance, and watching him grow into a self-assured stage illusionist has been one of the great pleasures of recent Festivals.

The Origins of My Magic

Cody Clark Magic
Louisville KY
60 minutes
Thursday, May 16th 6:00 PM
Saturday, May 18th 2:30 PM
Monday, May 20th 8:00 PM
Thursday, May 23rd 6:15 PM
Friday, May 24th 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 26th 3:00 PM

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