“By leaps and bounds [that] is the best sleight of hand close-up magic I have ever seen,” declared “America’s Got Talent” judge Howie Mandel after being wowed by card trick magician Shin Lim. The young magician’s assistant, “AGT” host Tyra Banks, picked a random card from the deck (the queen of spades) and then Lim did impossible things with that card, like imprinting it on his chest, encasing it in glass and making it appear inside of a sealed envelope. Watch the “Americas Got Talent” performance video above.
The other “AGT” judges — Simon Cowell, Mel B and Heidi Klum — were equally impressed with the close-up magician and sent him through to the next round. Might Lim be the second magic act to win “America’s Got Talent” after Mat Franco in Season 9?
“You have really good [hand moves], gorgeous. And you are just unbelievable,” raved Mel B after Lim’s eye-popping performance in the Season 13 premiere.
Heidi added, “I mean, I still cannot close my mouth. Literally I feel like I was like this [mouth agape].”
Simon was even forced to eat his earlier words, admitting, “Well Shin, I did say to somebody earlier on I think I’ve had it with card magic. I did say that. I’m now gonna take that back, Shin. Because this was unbelievable.”
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper John Benutty noted, “He has Tyra pick a card from a deck (queen of spades) and write her name on it. He inserts the card back into the deck and by just gliding his palm over the deck he raises it from the middle to the top and then is able to imprint it on to his chest. Through the course of the trick he also puts the signed card in Tyra’s palms and then switches it into his hands and a blank card into hers, pulls it out of an envelope, and then changes the deck into an invisible deck except for her card.”