The Rainbow Community School is Raising Money by MAGIC!

The Rainbow Community School has teamed up with The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. to bring magic to Asheville on April 28 and 29 to raise money for the school. “Magical Moments of Asheville” is a two day magic festival beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday with The Vanishing Wheelchair’s “Magic, Mirth & Meaning” show and continuing all day Saturday with workshops on magic and juggling, a talk from Appalachian Faerie Folk School, a Kids Magic Show at 3 p.m., and a closing show at 8 p.m. highlighting variety performers of Asheville. All events will be held at the Rainbow Community Center, 60 State Street, in Asheville.

Show Tickets

The festival will open Friday night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc.’s show “Magic, Mirth & Meaning” featuring numerous talents of people with disabilities and those who wish to help them. The family audience will enjoy singing, story telling, and of course magic all with a deeper meaning of tolerance for other’s differences.

The magic continues Saturday starting at 10 a.m. with Wendal Wandell’s Wonder Workshop in The Principles of Magic teaching beginner magic tricks followed at 11 a.m. with his Juggling Gestures teaching the fundamentals of juggling. At 5 p.m. balloon twisting with Marcie the Balloon Fairy. **Email or text 828-443-8414 to reserve your space**

From 3 to 4 p.m. a special children’s magic show matinee will be performed by local kid show entertainers from the Western North Carolina Magic Club. The festival will close at 8 p.m. with the Magical Moments of Asheville show featuring local talents of the Carolinas including local celebrity, comedian, and magic shop owner Ricky D. Boone, magician and theatrical entertainer Wendal Wandell, cardician and magician Bobbini, Forty Fingers and a Missing Tooth with jugglers Keith Campbell and Walter Beals, and famed WLOS’s Tales from the Red Rocker, Storylady Gwenda LedBetter, among others.

“We are delight to join such a magical school,” says T.J. Shimeld, president and co-founder of The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. Magical Moments of Asheville will be a mutual fundraiser for the Rainbow Community School and The Vanishing Wheelchair to help support their goals.

Founded in 1977, the Rainbow Community School offers a private, independent, and alternative educational program for preschool through middle school-aged children that draws from the best in current educational thinking and holistic models of child development. Recognized nationally as a leader in contemplative and mindfulness education, its progressive program through collaborative projects supports the development of the whole child in seven domains: mental, spiritual, emotional, moral/social, physical, natural, and creative. The child-centered curriculum is designed to inspire curiosity through experiential thematic units of study. The Rainbow Community School encourages children to master essential learning skills that encourage self-directed exploration.

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. The Vanishing Wheelchair has used the proceeds from the events it hosts to launch “All Things Possible” to teach skills in performing, painting, photography, music, crafts, writing, and wood working to everyone, including people with disabilities. A sampling of these workshops in magic and juggling will be featured at the magic festival. Eventually the non-profit wishes to expand 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.


Tickets and a full itinerary will be available in the Rainbow Community School’s office, online at Magical Moments of Asheville 2017, and at the door. Each event will be priced separately at $10 for adults and $5 for children.


For more information contact:


T.J. Shimeld, President,

The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc.