The 2018 America's Got Talent winner is Shin Lim, a 26-year-old magician known for his incredible smoke-and-card tricks. Round after round, he worked hard to impress the judges and viewers at home — and round after round he succeeded.
But before Shin Lim became a big star on AGT, he had quite an interesting journey to get to where he is today. Here are the highlights:
Shin Lim was born in Canada.
Like so many of the great performers on AGT this year, Shin Lim came to America to build his career. According to the Straits Time, he was born in Canada and grew up in Singapore until he was 11 years old. Prior to making it big on AGT, Shin Lim lived in Massachusetts. After winning the show though, he'll be temporarily residing and headlining in Las Vegas (and, of course, enjoying that nice $1 million prize).
He was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome seven years ago.
For the longest time, Shin was a huge music fan and studied to play piano starting at age nine. Seven years later, he began practicing magic as a hobby, People reports. But all that changed when, at 20 years old, he was told he had carpal tunnel syndrome. As a result of the diagnosis, Shin was reportedly forced to choose between playing the piano and pursuing magic. In the end, he chose magic. He then promptly dropped out of the School of Music at Lee University in Tennessee where he was studying at the time.
Shin Lim has been on Penn and Teller Fool Us before.
Two times, actually. Shin Lim first appeared on season 2 where he actually managed to fool the two legendary magicians (not an easy feat). For season 4, he came back with new tricks and, once again, stumped the pair.
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"You know, we like you, but you're starting to annoy us," Penn joked in season 4. "This is our show … when we're in airports and stuff, and people recognize us, they ask about you."
Penn and Teller better brace themselves now — after his AGT win, they're bound to get even more questions about Shin Lim's greatness.
He had a career-impacting injury in 2016.
As Shin Lim explained during his latest visit on Penn and Teller Fool Us, the illusionist's career really soared after appearing on the show. But unfortunately, he injured himself while rehearsing an illusion. As a result, Shin Lim had severed two of his thumb tendons, meaning they had to get sewn back together and he couldn't do magic for more than a month.
"Most of my magic is with my hands, so I had to cancel everything. It was devastating. I felt like my career was over," Shin explained.
He's performing as an Illusionist this winter.
Shin Lim is pretty set in terms of gigs. Not only did he score a Las Vegas headlining opportunity for his win on AGT, but as announced earlier this summer, Shin Lim will be performing with The Illusionists in New York City from November 23 to December 30 this year (better snag tickets quickly here).
So, yeah, safe to say, Shin Lim is just going to do just fine from now on