Shari Lewis, the extraordinary ventriloquist, entertainer, magician, and more, came to my town when I was 6. A few hundred children raised their hands when Shari asked for a volunteer. Shari selected me. I went on stage and stood next to Shari as she created an animal from balloons and then turned it into a hat. I wore the hat home.
Over 40 years later Shari Lewis spoke at a Jewish Book Fair in New York City. I spoke there too. I told Shari of the first time she and I met. Shari was the first magician I ever saw.