T.J. Shimeld earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and a certificate in Community Health from Tufts University. His graduate work in teaching and guidance counseling was done with Lesley University and Salem State University.
Since the age of eleven, Shimeld has worked as a professional magician performing at birthday parties. Through the years he has progressed to working theme parks, festivals, and charity and corporate events. Shimeld apprenticed eight years with “Marco the Magi’s Production of ‘Le Grand David and His Own Spectacular Magic Company,’” the longest-running resident magic show, according to Guinness World Records. In North Carolina, Shimeld founded Fli-Rite Productions, a multi-media visual arts production company for the entertainment and education of its audiences. Through his company, Shimeld performs as Wendal Wandell, the Wordsmith of Wonder, presenting educational programs at schools and libraries.
Shimeld's articles on magic and its history have appeared in such magazines as M A G I C Magazine and The Linking Ring. Shimeld has also published a biography, Walter B. Gibson and The Shadow (McFarland, 2003/2005), of a magician, writer, and the creator of The Shadow. His second biography of magician Ricky D. Boone, The Four-foot Giant and the Vanishing Wheelchair, led to the founding of The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. and the joining with Boone in presenting motivational speeches.
Between performances, Shimeld worked for ten years with the International Brotherhood of Magicians as the Ring Reports Editor for The Linking Ring, he also educates others on magic and juggling through his Wonder Workshops for which he has self-published three books: The Principles of Magic, The Magical Arts, and Juggling Gestures. Shimeld has worked for CVS Health for fifteen years, holding the position of lead technician since 2005, managing and educating a staff of twelve pharmacy technicians. Shimeld resides in Morganton, North Carolina with his son.