Shin Lim

Shin Lim

Shin Lim

Shin Lim is the 2015 world FISM CHAMPION for close up card magic and the winner of America’s Got Talent Season 13. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia yet raised in Massachusetts sharing dual cisitizenship in US and Canada, the self-proclaimed 'sleight of hand artist' started piano training at 9 and didn’t begin doing card tricks until he was 16, a late start for a future professional. He studied piano in college, but carpal tunnel syndrome eventually forced him to decide between the two pursuits. “I was practicing too much, music and then sleight of hand. All this rigorous training with my fingers was too much for my wrist to handle. The tendons got too inflamed,” says Lim, who takes a break after two hours of practice. Lim notes he is not a magician, nor a wizard and has no intention of lying to the audience. Instead, he performs carefully self-choreographed routines combining dexterity, precision and grace meant to mystify the audience. Both Ellen DeGeneres and Jimmy Fallon call Lim "amazing" and Howie Mandel raves he is "the best sleight of hand I have ever seen."

Following America's Got Talent, the 27-year-old splits his time between Los Angeles and Las Vegas where he is currently in residency at the Mirage with his new show Limitless.

"Incredible card magic" -- Parade
"Card magician Shin Lim wowed" -- USA Today
"...[his] close-up style remains a thing of elegant beauty" -- Deadline
"The new master of close-up magic" -- Las Vegas Sun
"we just don't understand how he's possibly doing this" -- E! News
"...known for his incredible smoke-and-card tricks" -- Good Housekeeping
"Fantastic intricate card magic ... Shin won audiences last year with his detailed routines that defied logic and he came back with similar intrigue but even more confidence and experience." -- Forbes
"suave magician" -- Billboard

Lim's LIMITLESS redefines the way close-up magic is presented by performing carefully self-choreographed routines rather than pretending to defy the laws of physics. Combining dexterity, precision and grace, he has distilled a lifetime of training into a devious display of dancing digits. His mind-boggling finger moves are so masterful, the audience is left wondering if what they have seen is truly possible. Lim is respected by esteemed magicians for his skill and poetic performance and is considered an inspiration to many young magicians.