As the monthly variety show “Magic, Mirth & Meaning” enters its third season of performances at St. Mary’s Church at 337 Charlotte Street, Asheville, North Carolina, the magician founders of The Vanishing Wheelchair are feverishly waving their magic wands to make a more permanent home appear. Your donations at an upcoming performance on March 21 or April 18 at 6:30 p.m. could help make this dream a reality.
“We have been most grateful to St. Mary’s Church for hosting our monthly shows,” explains T.J. Shimeld, president and co-founder of the non-profit charity that works with people with disabilities to help them find their unique place in the world, and shares their inspirational stories to help change the world’s view of disability. “We will continue our shows there as long as they will have us, yet we are now actively seeking a space to make the third part of our mission a reality.”
Publishing inspirational stories was the first phase of the non-profit’s mission. The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. was launched with the publication of local celebrity magician and magic shop owner Ricky D. Boone’s biography The Four-foot Giant and the Vanishing Wheelchair. Ricky uses magic and comedy to make his disability a great ability, and he wished to help other people find their God-given gifts.
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.
“It is time to do more,” smiles Shimeld. 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. “But we also want a space at which these skills can be learned and practiced on a daily basis,” explains Shimeld. “Furthermore, we want a space at which children of all abilities can come and learn from and with people with various disabilities.” 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. “Funds raised at our shows will help make this dream a reality.”
Come support and see what The Vanishing Wheelchair is all about at the show on March 21. A suggested donation of $10 for adult tickets and $5 for children tickets 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 email@example.com, 1129 Allman Ridge Road, Morganton, North Carolina 28655. Call 828-391-6965.