Q&A: Shin Lim
After he triumphed on season 13 of America’s Got Talent and then won the first season of America’s Got Talent: The Champions earlier this year, it appeared to be only a matter of time before sleight-of-hand superstar Shin Lim found a place to perform on the Las Vegas Strip. The 27-year-old artist from Vancouver, British Columbia, has settled in at the Terry Fator Theatre at the Mirage for a series of shows this year dubbed Limitless, in which he’s sure to redefine the way Las Vegas and the world thinks of close-up magic. Lim makes his proper Vegas debut this week on May 31 and can’t wait to get started on what he hopes will become a long and surprise-filled run on the Strip.
You added more dates at The Mirage before you even stepped onto the stage. That’s a good sign.
Yeah, tickets sold pretty quickly. It was good news all around.
You had different opportunities on the Strip. Why was this the right place in Las Vegas for you?
Well, this was Siegfried and Roy’s theater. There’s just something about it that’s so magical. When they showed me around, even the entrance felt so grand and luxurious just coming in here. I really liked it. Also the seating is not bad. If I lift up a playing card, you can almost see it from the last seat. Most of the theaters I play, the seats go way back. So the seating arrangement here is especially good for what I do.
What can we expect from these shows? Have you added some new elements to your performance?
Just a little bit of new stuff, nothing too crazy. There are definitely going to be a couple things you’ll be surprised by if you’ve seen me (on AGT.) I also think the audience is really going to love (mentalist and former AGT contestant) Colin Cloud and his style and I brought him on for a reason. I call myself a sleight-of-hand artist and don’t claim to do magic or have some sort of God-given gift, and Colin is the exact same way. He’s able to read people’s body language so well, it seems like he’s reading their minds. That’s it. And to me it’s a breath of fresh air because he’s being real. That’s what I wanted for my show. I want it to be raw and real, no dancing girls, no glitter, no nothing.
You had so much success on AGT but is it important to you now to transcend that phenomenon?
I want to make the most of it. It’s kind of like I’ve been given this lucky draw and I don’t want it to go to waste. I just want to take the opportunity to see myself grow as a magician. Who knows, I might change it up and make things even bigger. We’ll see.
Is it your goal to establish a permanent show on the Strip?
I think so. I also want to do something very different eventually. Right now people have seen my stuff on AGT but I want to surprise them even more. If I eventually have my own theater I want to do something truly unique and kind of mix it around with magic as well. Sleight-of-hand is what I’m known for and it’s what I’ll continue to do, but I want to be able to immerse the whole theater and make everything be a part of it.
Last time you were in town you were inspired by seeing Cirque du Soleil’s KÁ. How important is it to connect with the Vegas entertainment community?
Vegas is where it’s at. All the best shows are here. I had seen KÁ once before but seeing it again was so good. It has everything and the stage is amazing. I think along the lines of shows like that, something really artistic that really makes an impact. That’s what I want to go for.
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