Books By T.J. Shimeld

Tricky D. Bunn

T.J. Shimeld, Illustrated by Jennifer A. Shimeld

32 pages, illustrations $7.95 softcover (9 x 6)

ISBN 978-0-615-63505-9-7

The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. (2012)

Tricky D. Bunn is a touching story of the friendship, magic, and love between a child and a rabbit with a disability. Children will see each other and themselves through loving eyes, and learn not to judge a book by its cover.

Magician-performer T.J. Shimeld lives in Morganton, North Carolina

The Four-foot GIANT and the Vanishing Wheelchair

T.J. Shimeld
Forewords by Ricky D. Boone and Loretta Faircloth
251 pages, photos $15.95 softcover (5.5 x 8.5)

ISBN 978-0-692-01252-9

The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. (2010)

If you like good stories; if you are somebody that loves going to the movies; if you are someone that loves those Forest Gump-type movies; if you are somebody that just appreciates a good story from beginning to middle and not yet to the end, then you will appreciate this book only because of Ricky Boone. He is a regional motion picture himself. You can’t have a better subject than Ricky Boone.” -Leighton Grant, Nine-time Emmy winning News Photographer, WLOS ABC 13.

From day one, Ricky Boone’s doctors predicted his death from a rare bone disorder, Morgani’s Syndrome. If he survived birth, he would never make it beyond four years old. He is now over fifty. Through the years he has escaped a rare pneumonia which kills people with two healthy lungs, brain surgery with a fifty-percent survival rate and lived through a heart attack from a rare virus. When left to die in the hospital a voice spoke to him, “If you are too tired, I will bring you home. If you are willing to fight, I promise you, it is not over.” Hours later he was still alive, though doctors said he would never leave his bed. A week later he was up, yet the doctors knew he could never perform. That was over ten years ago and he has performed more shows since than ever before, appearing on all three major television networks and winning numerous awards and accolades from the magic community. A documentary news broadcast of his life won two Emmy awards for best feature and best story in the Southeast region. “If it weren’t for magic, I wouldn’t exist,” Ricky smiles.

Walter B. Gibson and The Shadow

Thomas J. Shimeld

Foreword by Robert W. Gibson

200 pages, photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index $29.95 softcover (7 x 10)

pISBN: 978-0-7864-2361-3

eISBN: 978-0-7864-9005-9

McFarland 2005 [2003]

“a remarkable story”—Big Reel; “colorful, interesting…nicely written and well-organized”—Classic Images; “unbelievable…comprehensive index…an enjoyable read”—Magic; “highly researched, detailed biography…buy this book”—MagiCurrents; “well written and clearly well researched…vast amounts of information on the life of one of magic’s most interesting characters”—Mum; “a very positive, workmanlike, and much needed biography of a man very special to magic…highly recommended”—The Linking Ring; “well-informed and expertly put together”—Interzone; “a welcome addition to your library”—SPERDVAC Radiogram; “wide-ranging book”—Communication Booknotes Quarterly; “a distinct pleasure to be able to review…excellent…well-written”—Dime Novel Roundup; “definitive, comprehensive…excellent”—Mystery News; “filled with information…wonderful”—Reviewing the Evidence.

“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? . . . The Shadow knows!” And who knew The Shadow better than his creator, Walter B. Gibson. Relatively few people have heard of Gibson, but many more are familiar with The Shadow having heard the program on the Blue Coal Radio Program in the 1930s and read the Street & Smith Shadow novels.

Walter B. Gibson’s life and career come out from behind The Shadow in this biography. It covers his youth in Philadelphia, his development as a writer and magician, his wives, including the third, (Litzka, who was a harpist and magician in her own right), his time living in Maine and upstate New York, and his later years and death.

In addition to being credited with creating The Shadow (he used the pseudonym Maxwell Grant), Gibson wrote 187 books, contributed 668 articles to periodicals, created 283 stories for The Shadow Magazine, wrote 48 separate syndicated feature columns, reported the adventures of The Shadow and Blackstone the magician in 394 comic books and newspaper strips, and helped develop 147 radio scripts and many other works under numerous pseudonyms. Gibson has invented many widely used magic tricks and traveled with and befriended Harry Houdini, Howard Thurston, Harry Blackstone, Sr., and Joseph Dunninger.

The Principles of Magic

Wendal Wandell

79 pages, photos $11.97 softcover (6 x 9)

Lulu Product ID 13849956

Fli-Rite Productions, Inc. (2010) [2007]

Remember when life itself was filled with MAGIC? Welcome back! The Principles of Magic gives you the unique opportunity to bring a touch of magic into other people’s lives.

Designed as a text to accompany Wendal Wandell’s Wonder Workshop for beginning apprentice magicians, The Principles of Magic is a work that also stands on its own. You will learn that all types of magic boil down to seven basic principles: the art of MATERIALIZATION, DEMATERIALIZATION, TRANSPOSITION/TRANSFORMATION, PENETRATION, RESTORATION, EXTRA SENSORY PERCEPTION, and LEVITATION/ANIMATION. Each principle is explored with complete instructions and photographs to learn fifteen different pieces of magic, as well as recommendations of magical properties to purchase, a glossary of magical terms, and resources to further your magical journey.

Juggling Gestures

Wendal Wandell

54 pages, photos $9.97 softcover (6 x 9)

Lulu Product ID 2283872

Fli-Rite Productions, Inc. (2008)

Learn to juggle with Wendal Wandell’s Wonder Workshop – Juggling Gestures! Reviews three ball juggling with simple and advanced tricks, comments on dropping, numbers juggling, and passing.

The Magical Arts

Wendal Wandell

67 pages, photos (out of print) softcover (6 x 9)

Fli-Rite Productions, Inc. (2008)

Continue to remember when life itself was filled with magic with Wendal Wandell’s latest book!

The Magical Arts is Wendal Wandell’s second book for the blossoming magician. Meant as the companion volume to The Principles of Magic and as the text to the Wonder Workshop for intermediate magicians, The Magical Arts explores the three major venues of magical performance. Each venue, close-up, parlor, and stage, is high-lighted with several classic tricks of that realm. These tricks are the ones of which all magicians should have a working knowledge. Nineteen tricks, including several professional stage secrets, are explained and illustrated with photographs. Recommendations of professional magician’s properties for each venue are also shared. Learn some more magic!