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Inside Magician Shin Lim's Epic Return to the AGT Stage

The America's Got Talent Season 13 Winner did some impressive tricks to a Sting song. 

By Jackie Manno

Shin Lim is back and better than ever on the AGT stage!

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On August 30, America's Got Talent Season 13 Winner, magician Shin Lim, returned to the AGT stage for Season 18's Live Results Show to perform an amazing card trick Act to wish the competing Contestants good luck

For his performance, Lim did a perfectly synchronized card routine to the song "Shape of My Heart" by Sting. The cards magically changed suits, symbols, and colors with the swipe of Lim's hand, matching to the lyrics. The transitions were so mind bogglingly quick, that if you blink, you might miss it. 

Towards the end of the song, he did something ultra special. He laid out the cards facing downward in fluid movements, and they somehow managed to create a picture of a giant red heart. Drawings then appeared on the back of the cards with the snap of his fingers, before he laid out a message that said "Good Luck Semi-Finalists!" on the back of the cards. How does he do it?

And of course, the Judges gave him a standing ovation. 

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What is Shin Lim up to now?

America's Got Talent Breakout Shin Lim

After winning America's Got Talent, Lim married his wife, dancer Casey Thomas, in August 2019. He went on to headline his show "Limitless" at The Mirage Theatre in Las Vegas. The shows are still going strong, and tickets can be bought here

"Lim has constructed a mind-boggling experience around card tricks and it’s no easy task. But his precisely choreographed and thoughtfully soundtracked routines leave the audience amazed," The Las Vegas Sun wrote about the show in 2019. "His show is one of the most magical experiences on the Strip today."

"It’s the same hotel Siegfried and Roy performed at, so I feel very blessed to be there. As a magician, to be a headliner in Vegas is kind of the dream job," Lim told NBC Insider of the experience of Limitless

Americas Got Talent's Shin Lim stands backstage with Terry Crews, Simon Cowell, and Howie Mandel

Lim also opened up to us about where his love for magic comes from. "I was actually 16. My older brother, he’s not a magician, but he learned one simple card trick and showed me the trick. He was like, 'It’s really cool, I learned this from my friend.' And I was so amazed. I kind of thought at that time you had to be a part of some special club to learn magic. I didn’t think you could just learn it by yourself. [My brother] didn’t know any other tricks, so I decided to take it upon myself to go online and learn all the free tricks. There are a lot of free tutorials out there…That’s kind of how I got started," he said.   

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