How do you win the World's best Magic Competition?
Ask Shin Lim! Shin has done immensely well this year, not only being crowned as FISM Card Magic Champion but also amazing everyone and 'Fooling' Penn and Teller on their hit show 'Fool Us'. Big congratulations go out to Shin for achieving these titles, his videos were shared and went viral across the internet on news sites and You Tube, clocking up millions of views in under a week.
The real secret to Shin's success is practice. You must practice and plan your magic, Shin's routine was no accident. It didn't all fall together by some miracle or someone handing it over to him. He perfected each move and method through repetative training sessions that hammered each move directly into both his long term memory and muscle memory. If you wish to learn more about effective practice sessions then check out this article: Magic Practice Techniques
Music and verbal silence
Another factor that has been widely discussed is Shin's use of music and verbal silence whilst performing. By simply watching Shin perform you can follow every bit of magic that is occurring. His performances do not need explaining as it is all clear to see. His timing is very well structured, he does not rush anything. He pulls focus at the correct times leaving you enough time to follow along with him so that your brain is not trying to catch up all of the time. He gives you a moment to register before a magical moment occurs and also afterwards, this allows you to enjoy and appreciate every moment of magic. Next time you are practicing make sure to allow for pauses to let that magic moment sink in.
We have been fans of Shin's work for a long time now, he has released some great products to the magic society, here is an interview we did with Shin before his release of Flash Deck Switch. Shin talks about his history in magic and practice sessions