Family Entertainer, Tim Sonefelt to Perform

Magic Show for Fundraiser for The Vanishing Wheelchair!

Magician Tim Sonefelt will be bringing his magic to Asheville on January 18 to help local 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. The family-friendly magic show will be held at 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church at 337 Charlotte Street. Ticket sales of $10 for adults and $5 for children will help raise money for The Vanishing Wheelchair and its work with teaching people with disabilities skills in the arts.

Tim Sonefelt has been performing professionally since 1988. He’s received awards from the Winter Carnival of Magic in Gatlinburg, Tennessee; The Florida State Magicians Convention; and the South Eastern Association of Magicians, where he received the Hal Martin Award for Excellence in Magical Stage Performance in 1990. In January of 1998, Tim received the South Carolina Magician of the Year award – the first person to ever receive this honor. Tim has appeared at the Magician’s Alliance of Eastern States, the Winter Carnival of Magic, South Eastern Association of Magicians Convention, KIDabra and the Magic Castle in Hollywood, California.

Tim has taught other magicians all over the eastern United States and performed all over the country for corporate and family audiences. With dozens of original effects to his credit, he recently launched Wonder Imagery. Wonder Imagery produces the finest printed silks in the world with the exclusive black hem. This venture also brings to life the possibility for custom silks from original digital artwork.

His non-performance background includes over ten years in graphic design, marketing and product development in the printing industry. Tim has used this experience to his advantage when designing and building web sites for himself and numerous other speakers and entertainers.

The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. was founded on November 24, 2010 by magicians Ricky D. Boone and T.J. Shimeld. It 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 people with disabilities. These workshops are available to other non-profits to share with their clientele and will be conducted at its Little Theatre at 175 Weaverville Highway. 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.

Come support The Vanishing Wheelchair. Tickets may be available at the door, but advanced reservations are strongly encouraged since seating is limited. Purchase tickets online at www.VanishingWheelchair.org, 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 tjshimeld@gmail.com, 1129 Allman Ridge Road, Morganton, North Carolina 28655. Call 828-443-8414.

Despite All Odds The Vanishing Wheelchair Founder, Ricky D. Boone, Turns 60

Ricky D. Boone

The Vanishing Wheelchair’s performers invite friends and family to a unique “Magic, Mirth & Meaning” performance on January 10 at 7 p.m. to celebrate the non-profit’s founder Ricky D. Boone’s sixtieth birthday. The family-friendly, hour-long show features story tellers, singers, jugglers, and magicians and will be held at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church at 337 Charlotte Street in Asheville. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and all proceeds help the non-profit The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc.

Diagnosed with a rare bone disorder, Morgani’s Syndrome, Ricky D. Boone, local magician and magic shop owner, was never supposed to live past the age of four – on January 13 he will turn sixty. Through the years he has survived brain surgery and a heart attach from a rare virus, yet he not only has survived, but thrived. Boone’s magic shop, Magic Central, is one of the last standing brick and mortar stores in the country, he has had a successful performing business, is a motivational speaker, has been on all four major television networks, appeared on NPR, and has had a book written about his life, not to mention has won numerous awards from his performances including two Emmy awards for a story about his life on WLOS. Yet Boone admits his greatest achievement is helping people with disabilities find their passion in life through teaching them skills in the arts through his 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. 

This show marks the eighth season in which “Magic, Mirth & Meaning” has appeared on a monthly basis in Asheville. The show features numerous talents of people with disabilities and those who wish to help them. At any given show, an audience may see singing, story telling, and of course magic. The show appeared and disappeared for several years since the non-profit’s founding on November 24, 2010. On February 20, 2013 the show began appearing in Asheville on a monthly basis, finding its stride at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church before moving to its own little theatre. The non-profit is excited to be back at St. Mary’s to mark this special occasion. 

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 people with disabilities. These workshops are available to other non-profits to share with their clientele and will be conducted at its 175 Weaverville Highway location. 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.

Come support and see what The Vanishing Wheelchair is all about. Tickets may be available at the door, but advanced reservations are strongly encouraged since seating is limited. Purchase tickets online at www.VanishingWheelchair.org, 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 tjshimeld@gmail.com, 1129 Allman Ridge Road, Morganton, North Carolina 28655. Call 828-443-8414.

Bright Blessings of Asheville Live Your Dreams Magic Show

Bright Blessings of Asheville Live Your Dreams Magic Show

Bright Blessings of Asheville, An Independent Member of the Bright Blessings National Affiliate Network, has teamed up with The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. to bring magic to Asheville on July 12 to raise money for its community programs serving women and children in local homeless shelters. Live Your Dreams Magic Show is a two-hour event, including an intermission, which will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Goodwill, 1616 Patton Avenue. Admission: $10 for Adults $7 for Children. For further information call 828-443-8414 or email BrightBlessingsOfAsheville@outlook.com.

Mission Statement

“Making Disability Disappear” by working with people with disabilities to help them find their unique place in the world, and to change the world’s view of disabled people by sharing their inspirational stories.