Suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome and a career-ending injury to his thumb tendons, Shin Lim had a tough start in his journey through sleight of hand magic. Despite all of this, through painstakingly hard work and perseverance, Shin Lim is now the reigning world FISM champion for close-up magic. A self-proclaimed "sleight of hand artist," Shin Lim admits he is not actually a magician or a wizard, and has no intention of lying to the audience. He performs carefully choreographed routines rather than pretending to defy the laws of physics. Combining dexterity, precision and grace, he has distilled a lifetime of training into a devious display of dancing digits. His mind-blowing finger moves are so masterful that the audience is left to wonder if what their eyes have seen is truly possible. According to both Simon and Howie, Shin Lim is "the BEST close-up magician they have ever seen." 
Shin previously appeared on Penn & Teller: Fool Us in seasons 2 and 4, fooling Penn and Teller both times. His first appearance in the show's second season went viral, with over 50 million views on YouTube.
Shin Lim's audition in Episode 1301 consisted of performing a cards routine with host Tyra Banks, in which he had her sign a randomly selected card. He then created the illusion of the card appearing on top of a deck of cards, the imprint of a card rubbing onto Shin’s skin as a tattoo, the card vanishing and reappearing in the deck, as well as inside of a sealed envelope, the deck of cards transforming into a deck of clear plastic sheets, then into a glass case with Tyra's card sealed inside, and finally appearing to insert the glass case into the deck’s box and tearing the box, revealing the case had disappeared. Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell all voted "Yes," sending Shin to the Judge Cuts.
America's Got Talent 2018 Shin Lim Full Audition S13E01
Shin Lim's Judge Cuts performance in Episode 1308 consisted of performing a trick with "Queens" and "Aces" (known as 52 Shades of Red). Shin made the "Aces" vanish, then reappear under guest judge Olivia Munn's hand. Shin then progressed to vanish the remaining queens in various ways. Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, Simon Cowell, and Olivia Munn gave him standing ovations. His performance was strong enough for the judges to send him to the Quarterfinals along with Rob Lake.
Shin Lim Proves Magic Is Real With Unbelievable Card Tricks - America's Got Talent 2018
Shin Lim's Week 1 Quarterfinals performance in Episode 1311 consisted of a routine involving fast-moving cards that disappeared and reappeared and even started smoking, changing into a different deck which spelled out "Vote For Shin Lim America’s Got Talent". Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell gave him standing ovations. Shin received enough votes to advance to the Semifinals in Episode 1312 instead of Lord Nil.
Shin Lim's Week 1 Semifinals performance in Episode 1317 consisted of doing a close-up routine (known as the Dream Act) with assistance from Heidi Klum and Tyra Banks. He had Heidi pick and sign one card, and makes the marker in his hand disappear. He laid it face down and erased the face, then extracted it from his mouth. Tyra also chose and signed a card, making it appear from several different places including his pants, pocket and mouth. Heidi's card in a plastic bag flipped into Tyra's card and back before making it disappear along with the deck box. Howie Mandel, Mel B, and Simon Cowell gave him standing ovations. Shin received enough votes to advance to the Finals in Episode 1318 instead of Us the Duo.
Shin Lim's Finals performance in Episode 1321 consisted of performing a close-up trick with Tyra Banks. He had Tyra roll 2 dice and made 4 cards of the same number appear. Tyra then chose a suit, and he made multiple cards of that chosen suit appear. To the left of the table was a card with a question mark on it, changing the number with mental magic, then made the number and suit appear among floating cards. Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell all gave him standing ovations.
For the finale in Episode 1322, Shin Lim performed a card trick with Tyra Banks and American Ninja Warrior hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila. He received enough votes to advance to the Top 5 instead of Daniel Emmet. Shin was announced as the winner of Season 13 ahead of Zurcaroh, Brian King Joseph, Samuel J. Comroe and Michael Ketterer, winning $1 million and the headlining of a show in Las Vegas.
Shin is the second magician to win America's Got Talent after Mat Franco.
He is the first non-Golden Buzzer act since Season 9 to win, the first non-Golden Buzzer act to win since the format was adjusted in Season 10, and the highest placing non-Golden Buzzer act of Season 13.
Shin currently holds the record for having the earliest televised audition in a season for a winner. He was just the second full audition televised in Season 13's first episode.
Shin is also the second Asian to win America’s Got Talent since Kenichi Ebina.