Motivational Speaking

Ricky D. BooneBecome a Four-foot Giant — Living Your Dream

Motivational Speech with Ricky D. Boone and T.J. Shimeld


The Frankenstein boots shuffle to turn the wheelchair to face the audience. Elfin fingers splay forward, thumbs locked together with silver cuffs. Regulation handcuffs gnaw on boney wrists. Shackles squeeze slender arms. A breath escapes the lung and a half of the skeleton that looks as if it were bear-hugged too tightly. One eye looks out at the spectators; the other eye keenly focused within. Ricky D. Boone’s voice rings strong:

Ladies and gentlemen the reason I love doing this escape is because it helps me to show you. Talk about bondage. I don’t care if you’re in a wheelchair. I don’t care if you’re on crutches. I don’t care if you think your hair is the wrong color. I don’t care if you think your eyes are the wrong color. If you can have a dream you can make your dream come true. Ladies and gentlemen, I am the most blessed person on this earth. I am getting to live my dreams …

Ricky effortlessly escapes from his bonds just as he has escaped from the restraint of his condition. People feel if Ricky can do this, they can do anything.

T.J. Shimeld is the author of Ricky’s biography, The Four-foot Giant and the Vanishing Wheelchair. Through the founding of their non-profit organization, The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc., Ricky and T.J. give tailored motivational speeches from 30 to 90 minutes to inspire people to:

  • Find passion in life.
  • Learn to make dreams a reality.
  • Accept oneself, and gain true success.

People who hear of Ricky’s struggles with a rare bone disorder can’t help but be inspired. Through the years he has escaped a rare pneumonia, survived brain surgery, and lived through a heart attack from a rare virus. Yet Ricky runs a successful magic shop and performs throughout the Southeast as Magic Times Two (see, appearing on all three major television networks. A documentary news broadcast of his life won two Emmy awards (see it at

After a severe car accident, remembering all of Ricky’s struggles helped T.J. overcome depression and rehabilitate a broken hand with practicing magic, writing, and painting. T.J. has gone on to write six books and opened his own corporation, Fli-Rite Productions, Inc., through which he combines his passions as a theatrical performer and teacher to inspire elementary school children to read (see

Ricky and T.J.’s story shows how anything is possible if one is willing to strive. Everyone has the power to be a giant just as Ricky has become “The Four-foot Giant.”

For booking information contact T.J. Shimeld at to reserve your date today.