2nd Anniversary Show! Join Us!

Tickets: Magic, Mirth & Meaning,Saturday, February 21 at 6:30 pm

Gwenda LedbetterAsheville’s Storylady Gwenda Ledbetter Helps

The Vanishing Wheelchair Celebrate Two Years of Magic in Asheville

Gwenda Ledbetter, the Storylady from TV’s the Mr. Bill Show, will be joining the magician founders of The Vanishing Wheelchair to celebrate with new friends and old as they produce the second anniversary show of “Magic, Mirth & Meaning” at St. Mary’s Church at 337 Charlotte Street on February 21. The show is a family-friendly production featuring the talents of people with disabilities and those who wish to help them. Opening with interactive walk-around performances at 6:30 p.m. and then moving into an inspirational stage show,...

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ALS Fundraiser Postponed…


Did You Get Cold Feet About Doing the Ice Bucket Challenge? Here is Another Way to Give: Variety Show to Raise Money for ALS


            Participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge isn’t the only fun way to give to ALS. Members of The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit, have joined forces with local storytellers to produce a fundraiser show on November 1 at St. Mary’s Church at 337 Charlotte Street in Asheville. Bring the whole family to see storytellers, singers, magicians, and jugglers from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and can be purchased at the door, though pre-purchasing here is encouraged since seating is limited...

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Monthly magic show a success!


Check out the photos from our stage show. We put on a show every month. It’s a lot of fun and raises money to help those with disabilities. Every show is different!

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Ricky Boone on WLOS-ABC

Ricky D. Boone

Ricky D. Boone will be the “Person of the Week” on WLOS, the ABC affiliate out of Asheville, North Carolina.  The broadcast will be on the 6 p.m. evening news.

Interviews for the broadcast were held at Ricky’s store, Magic Central, with author T.J. Shimeld and musician Randy Crane.  The three are all part of the board of directors of The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc., the non-profit organization that is the publisher of Ricky’s biography, The Four-foot Giant and the Vanishing Wheelchair.  Footage of illusionist Duane Laflin and other moments of the book release event on January 21 were filmed as well.

Congratulations, Ricky, on being “Person of the Week.”

If you missed Ricky Boone on WLOS-ABC, here is the link:

 Ricky D. Boonehttp://wlos.com/shared/newsroom/features/potw/videos/wlos_vid_86.shtml

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The Four-foot Giant Book Lecture Begins!

Four-foot Giant Book cover

On January 28, just one week after the release of The Four-foot Giant and the Vanishing Wheelchair, author T.J. Shimeld and subject Ricky D. Boone had their first book lecture and signing at Conley’s House of Magic in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (www.conleyshouseofmagic.com/).  T.J. shared with the group of magicians the real magic he has discovered through the years in the magicians he has known, especially Ricky.  Ricky’s portion of the lecture focused on his creativity in adapting magic to suit his abilities.

The two autographed books and chatted with the group late into the night.  Proceeds raised from the lecture and sales of merchandise benefit the purposes of The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc.

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Book Release Event January 21

Four-foot Giant Book cover

Illusionist Duane Laflin will be appearing on January 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Carol Belk Theatre on the University of North Carolina-Asheville Campus to honor Ricky D. Boone and the softcover release of his biography, The Four-foot Giant and the Vanishing Wheelchair.  The event is presented by the Psychology and Drama departments.

Ricky Boone and author T.J. Shimeld will be autographing books at the event.  Softcover books sell for $37, but pre-paid orders will be taken now through the day of the event for $25.  These books will be signed and specially numbered and may be purchased ahead of time through Magic Central.

Ticket prices for the event are $15 for adults, $10 for faculty and employees of UNCA, and $5 for children and UNCA students.  Seating is limited...

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Announcing the appearance of The Four-foot Giant and the Vanishing Wheelchair!


Announcing the appearance of The Four-foot Giant and the Vanishing Wheelchair.

 On National Magic Day, October 31, 2010, I typed the last word of my latest biography, The Four-foot Giant and the Vanishing Wheelchair.  It is about the inspirational life of handicapped magician, magic shop owner, and motivational speaker, Ricky D. Boone.

 I credit Ricky for saving my life after a near-debilitating car accident.  Thoughts of Ricky, and all he has endured, brought me through dark times.  He has changed so many lives, and this book can change many more.

 We are offering a pre-release of the book as an instantly downloadable eBook.  You can download a FREE chapter at www.FourFootGiantBook.com.

 Ricky Boone’s life has also inspired the founding of a non-profit charitable organization, The ...

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