Magic Central, Asheville’s only magic shop, celebrates its 20th anniversary in April and The Vanishing Wheelchair is throwing a party at its next monthly show, April 18, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 337 Charlotte Street in Asheville. The “Magic, Mirth & Meaning” show will not only be a fundraiser for the non-profit magic shop owner Ricky D. Boone helped create, but a celebration of Ricky and his magical business.
In the world of the Internet and online purchasing, a brick and mortar magic shop like Magic Central is a rare thing. But it is not the particular magic wares that have kept the shop’s doors open all these years, it is the magic in the man that runs the shop, Ricky D. Boone.
People driving past the shop on Weaverville Highway truly miss the opportunity to make friends with an inspirational person if they don’t stop to talk to Ricky at Magic Central, once explained Randy Crane, a childhood friend and founder of The Vanishing Wheelchair. “You find so much more than magic tricks at Magic Central,” notes T.J. Shimeld, Ricky’s biographer and president of The Vanishing Wheelchair, “you find the magic of Ricky D. Boone. Ricky uses magic and comedy to make his disability a great ability, and he wished to help other people find their God-given gifts.
Magic Central was the launching ground for the work that would become The Vanishing Wheelchair. Simply meeting Ricky is inspirational; his customers and audiences have experienced it, and now he does it on a more formal basis through his work with his non-profit. And those he has helped through the years will be performers and speakers in the “Magic, Mirth & Meaning” show on April 18.
Publishing inspirational stories was the first phase of the non-profit’s mission. The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. was launched with the publication of Ricky’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 and celebrate Magic Central and Ricky Boone on April 18. 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.