The Swannanoa Valley Montessori School is Raising Money by MAGIC!

Montessori School Poster

The Swannanoa Valley Montessori School has teamed up with The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. to bring magic to Black Mountain on February 20 to raise money for the school’s annual fund drive. Live Your Dreams Magic Show is a two-hour event, including an intermission, which will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Carver Center Gymnasium, 101 Carver Avenue.

The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit public charity dedicated to helping people with disabilities find their passion and meaning through the arts. With a diverse group of professional entertainers from magicians to jugglers to storytellers to singers The Vanishing Wheelchair guarantees a memorable and inspirational time for the entire family. “We have a talented group of people,” says T.J...

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Remember The Vanishing Wheelchair on Giving Tuesday


We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

The Vanishing Wheelchair and Goodsearch have partnered up to help raise money for our cause...

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Celebrate 5 Years of Magic with Us!

Tickets: Holiday Magic,Saturday, December 12 at 6:30 pm


Celebrate “Holiday Magic” with Magic, Mirth & Meaning

a Benefit for

The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Public Charity

Join the magician founders of the public charity The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. to share the magic of the season at St. Mary’s Church, 337 Charlotte Street in Asheville December 12 at 6:30 p.m. The family-friendly hour-and-a-half magic and music show is free to the public (donations are welcome).

Music and magic will fill St. Mary’s Church to reinforce the love of the season, and demonstrate that every person, no matter what level of ability, has a place in this world...

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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. Boone

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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 (  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

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

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