Magician Shin Lim became the first ever winner of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.”
On February 18, the 27-year-old took home $25,000 in prize money after impressively beating 11 champions from other talent contests worldwide, People reports. “It’s very overwhelming and super exciting,” Lim was quoted as saying. “I don’t think I can call myself the champion of champions because I don’t really believe it. I mean, (contender) Deadly Games is throwing knives and I’m just doing card tricks.”
Among Lim’s impressive feats included defeating crowd favorite British singer Susan Boyle. “Of course, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed, but also deep down, I didn’t think I would win. Secretly, you hold out hope that you just might because that’s what drives you to do your best in a competition,” the 57-year-old singer said.
Lim, who was born in Canada and raised in Singapore, relocated with his parents to the United States in his youth. According to his website, he is a self-taught magician and a “Sleight of Hand Artist.” Last year, he was crowned as the winner of “America’s Got Talent” season 13, winning a grand prize of $1 million.
Lim also told People that he actually initially declined to be on Champions.
“I’m glad I didn’t and decided to go for it,” Lim said. “I initially turned Champions down because I wanted to do new stuff, I didn’t want to do repeat acts. But I decided to do it and see what happens. I thought, ‘When am I going to have a chance to do this? All the winners compete against each other, this is such a rare opportunity.’ To be part of it is an honor.”