America's Got Talent winner Shin Lim: Magical 10-year journey turning hobby into career

Shin Lim swept the top prize in the 13th season of popular television show America's Got Talent.
Shin Lim swept the top prize in the 13th season of popular television show America's Got Talent.PHOTO: AFP
Shin Lim, aged around five years old, at Changi Beach.
Shin Lim, aged around five years old, at Changi Beach.PHOTO: MABEL TAN

SINGAPORE - When he was a budding teenage magician, Shin Lim would pester his mother to take him to competitions around the world, so that he could meet and learn from like-minded peers.

Madam Mabel Tan, 59, agreed to do so, simply because she wanted to know if the second of her three sons would be talented and resilient enough to thrive in the tough performance magic sphere, if he chose to follow the path.

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