Join Asheville in celebrating three days of spectacular magic from five of the world’s greatest magicians on May 2nd, 3rd and 4th! The guest of honor for the event? Yes, it’s our very own WNC Magic Club founder Ricky D. Boone!
“I’m a speaker who uses magic and humor to illustrate my points. I engage the audience as opposed to having the audience simply listen passively. I’m an ENTERTAINING speaker who INVOLVES his audience while motivating, inspiring and educating participants.”
See you there!
We will host actress Melissa Lozoff at our next meeting. She is married to a magician and will be lecturing on elevating our magic to true art with acting techniques.
The meeting is June 11. The lecture is free to paid-up members. Not a member yet? Pay your dues and get in to the lecture free!
She wants us to bring a trick that we are very familiar with to practice some of the techniques she teaches.
See you in June!
Congratulations to WNC Magic Club’s TJ Shimeld, aka Wendal Wandell, on his first Toy Boat-based graduating class of young magicians. Individual students performed to great applause at Toy Boat Community Art Space on Tuesday night, February 19th, 2013. For information on Shimeld’s ongoing magic classes for children (as well as classes in juggling, aerial arts and other circus skills), visit ToyBoatCommunityArtSpace.com. For magical mentoring for all ages, come to a monthly meeting of the WNC Magic Club.
WNC Magic Club hosts its annual party this Saturday, January 5th, 2013,12 noon to 2 pm, at Olive or Twist restaurant, (81 Broadway Street, downtown Asheville, NC 28801 828.254.0555). Enjoy illusions and camaraderie (but not the illusion of camaraderie!) as we reflect on the past year and contemplate our 2013 adventures together.
Thanks to our outgoing president, Marty Shapiro, for a fabulous year.
Come hungry for fellowship and fun. See you there!
EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: RICKY D. BOONE, CO-FOUNDER OF THE VANISHING WHEEL CHAIR INC.
Photo Credit: Jennifer A. Shimeld
Q: You are the Co-founder of The Vanishing Wheel Chair Inc. What is it?
A: It has been created to help special needs people find their place in this world.
Q: What about magic tricks makes you happy?
A: I can use my comedy Magic to show people that all things are possible. You can have a dream, and it can come true. LOOK AT ME.
Q: What did you enjoy the most about performing?
A: I get to see people laugh and smile. I get to show people that life can be good. Even with challenges in your life, it can be good.
Q: What do you find most challenging?
A: Everything is a challenge. Getting out of bed, taking a shower, staying alive.
Q: If you had an unlimited amount of money and resources, what would your goal be?
A: To help special-needs people, like myself, find their passion and purpose in this world. I want to give them a reason for getting out of bed each morning. Too many people just give up, or give in.
Q: What piece of “life advice” can you offer readers?
A: Believe in something bigger than yourself. Call it whatever you want. If you do, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE………
“What an amazing story and more amazing and inspiring individual. Thank you for sharing this wonderful soul.”
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WNC Magic’s own Wendal Wandell shares the mystery of magic with youth ages 7-16 in his new class at Toy Boat Community Art Space, Mondays 5:30-7 PM. A long-time purveyor of the magical arts, Wendal Wandell inspires and delights all ages.
“Circus School” at Toy Boat’s new location boasts a full spectrum of classes for adults and youth in acrobatics, juggling, trapeze arts, comedy, improv, mask-making and more. Registration is open and space is limited – we suggest you register now!
Toy Boat’s location at 101 Fairview Road (near Biltmore Village) provides an exciting new rehearsal and performance space for local performers, complete with a refreshements area. The achievement of its space caps off a Kickstarter campaign initiated this spring. Groups involved include The Vanishing Wheelchair, the 501(c)(3) organization created by T.J. Shimeld and Ricky D. Boone, owner of Ashevile’s Magic Central magic shop, to help people with special needs and to promote the arts.
Check out the Toy Boat Community Art Space classes beginning next week. Wendal Wandell will see you there!
Tom inspires great devotion among fans. Some have been found sleeping regularly with his coloring book and temporary tattoo.
Tom is equally devoted to those who adore him, performing recently with a fractured clavicle (look it up), a rite of passage for the serious cyclist. He’s now joined the likes of Tour de France winners and Mr. Twister-Asheville’s father, who met up quite suddenly with a charging Bull Mastiff (look it up) in 1989. Totaled the bike; dog was unharmed.
If you’re out and about Friday night in West Asheville, stop in for ice cream and big fun. See you there!