Boy Scouts of America Help The Vanishing Wheelchair Kick off Summer Magic Shows
The Vanishing Wheelchair is continuing its monthly magic shows, “Magic, Mirth & Meaning,” throughout the summer at St. Mary’s Church, 337 Charlotte Street in Asheville, North Carolina at a new start time: 7:30 p.m. The hour and a half shows give an opportunity for people with disabilities to showcase their talents in story telling, magic, and music. The free shows (with donations accepted) will appear on June 27, July 25, August 22, and continue into the fall. Each show is unique, starting in June with the contribution of a Native American dance by the Boy Scouts of America’s Troop 85 and Crew 891.
The Boy Scouts of America have a mission to be all inclusive, allowing boys of all abilities to participate. Scoutmaster Randall Barnett has been working with the troop for over thirty years. Troop 85 works with boys fifteen to twenty-one who have various disabilities. Crew 891 is a graduate group which meets separately for those older than twenty-one who still wish to participate.
The young men have enjoyed learning the Native American dances with Mr. Barnett, and through the kindness of a father of former Boy Scouts, were able to compete in a regional competition on April 25. Three of the young men will be joining The Vanishing Wheelchair onstage in full regalia to demonstrate their talent.
Sharing inspirational stories is what The Vanishing Wheelchair is all about. The first phase of the non-profit’s mission was the publication of founder, magician, and magic shop owner Ricky D. Boone’s biography The Four-foot Giant and the Vanishing Wheelchair.
The show “Magic, Mirth & Meaning” appeared and disappeared for several years since the non-profit’s founding on November 24, 2010. Its ultimate goal was to be a showcase for the talent of people with disabilities and those who wished to help them. On February 20, 2013 the show began appearing in Asheville on a monthly basis, finding its stride at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.
The Vanishing Wheelchair has used the proceeds from the show to launch “All Things Possible” to teach skills in performing, painting, photography, music, crafts, writing, and wood working to people with disabilities. These workshops are available to other non-profits to share with their clientele. Its ultimate goal is to establish a universally accessible hands-on museum for children to explore the arts and sciences at which people with disabilities can work and continue to learn these skills.
Come support and see what The Vanishing Wheelchair is all about on June 27. A suggested donation of $10 for adult and $5 for children is appreciated. Tickets may be available at the door, but advanced reservations are strongly encouraged since seating is limited. Purchase tickets here online, or contact Magic Central, 175 Weaverville Highway, Suite L, Asheville, North Carolina 28804, or call 828-645-2941.
For more information contact T.J. Shimeld at firstname.lastname@example.org, 1129 Allman Ridge Road, Morganton, North Carolina 28655. Call 828-391-6965.