Courtesy Shin Lim headings five shows at Paris Las Vegas this weekend.
An experienced pianist who moved from music to sleight-of-hand magic after being detected with carpal tunnel syndrome, Shin Lim considers and develops performance in his own distinct method. He does not speak with his audience when controling playing cards and making things vanish, counting on dramatic music and perfectly timed motions to captivate the crowd.
It’s a fresh take on a traditional art, and it’s the reason he won season 13 of “America’s Got Talent” in September. Lim is headlining five shows of “AGT Live” at the Paris Theater this weekend with other finalists from the competitors show: vocalist Courtney Hadwin, comedians Vicki Barbolak and Samuel J. Comroe and trapeze and stunt artists Mary Ellen Wolfe and Tyce Nielsen, aka Duo Transcend.
For Lim, a 27-year-old artist born in Vancouver, the Paris shows are the initial step towards a strong Strip presence. He’s currently received several offers for a Las Vegas residency.
” I would love to have a residency here and it would be incredibly cool, and I’m getting a great deal of requests so that’s very good news,” he states. “Prior to ‘AGT’ I never ever even pictured that I ‘d have the ability to pick. I constantly thought I ‘d be fortunate to get provided one.”
Lim is no complete stranger to Vegas, having actually appeared on “Penn & & Teller: Fool United States” four times and making the trip to the Rio to sign up with the duo’s show two times. He gathered adequate time to go to David Copperfield’s illusion-filled spectacular at MGM Grand on this check out, however Friday night’s program at the Paris will be Lim’s very first correct efficiency.
He names longtime Strip magician Lance Burton as one of most significant impacts and inspirations: “His style was just something I was drawn in to, stylish but modest, and he had deception in his show which truly intrigued me.”
Lim discovered his own style while carrying out in China before any of his big TV appearances. He was still speaking throughout his act, and while he speaks some Chinese, the audience there was having a hard time understanding him “since I had an American accent,” he says. “I believed, I might too simply not talk. So I did it calmly to music and the responses were even louder and better. I thought, oh my God, I’m onto something, and just chose it.
” Probably the hardest thing to do is develop this dramatic environment without all the showgirls and spaceships and things like that. It has a lot to do with the subtleties of modifying the music and the act itself, changing certain things for visual appeal. You don’t require these grand things to still have a legendary atmosphere in the show.”
” America’s Got Skill Live Las Vegas” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3-4 at the Paris Theater at Paris Las Vegas (3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South, 702-777-2782) and more information can be discovered at caesars.com.