If you had to describe AGT winner Shin Lim’s act in one word, what would it be? You’d probably say “magic,” right? Well, as it turns out, Shin prefers not to use that word to refer to the closeup, sleight of hand card tricks he does.
Shin told the Orlando Sentinel that he makes this clear at the beginning of his shows. “I never say that I’m actually doing magic or anything like that,” Shin explained. Instead, he compared his talent to that of a musician.
“Sleight of hand is exactly the same as the piano,” he told the publication. “You see a pianist perform so well to the point, when you’re listening, you’re not even focusing on the notes anymore. It just sounds magical. It’s kind of the same thing with what I do.”
What Sets Shin Lim Apart From Other Magicians?
Shin also explained what he thinks sets him apart from famous magicians like Criss Angel and David Copperfield, saying, “They’re considered illusionists, for me, at least, because it’s not hands-on. I guess that’s the best way to put it.”
While Shin doesn’t give away all his tricks, he posts tutorials on his YouTube page to help fans improve their sleight of hand. He has said that he prefers to offer “performance tips” and teach viewers “how to apply what you already know into your daily routines.”
How Did Winning ‘AGT’ Change Shin Lim’s Life?
Shin also told the Orlando Sentinel how winning both AGT and AGT: The Champions changed his life and career. After winning Season 13, Shin says, “It changed everything,” adding, “Everybody knew who I was overnight, which was pretty crazy.”
He says winning both competitions was “crazy, life-changing in so many ways — I had to do a lot of growing up.” The success also reportedly delayed his wedding to Casey Thomas. They ended up tying the knot last month in Hawaii.
Shin has a Las Vegas show at The Mirage, and is also touring with AGT mentalist Colin Cloud. Last month, he performed at the first live results show of the current AGT season.