Former Lee student Shin Lim magic takes 'America's Got Talent' prize

By LARRY C. BOWERS
Posted 9/20/18

The 13th season of the award-winning television show "America's Got Talent" was a lucky and profitable  experience for former Lee University student Shin Lim Wednesday evening.In a poll of …

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Former Lee student Shin Lim magic takes 'America's Got Talent' prize

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The 13th season of the award-winning television show "America's Got Talent" was a lucky and profitable  experience for former Lee University student Shin Lim Wednesday evening.

In a poll of television viewers, Lim won the $1 million first-place prize, and a featured act in Las Vegas.

His magical performances wowed the judges and a nationwide audience throughout the competition.

"It means the world to me, to have people appreciate what I do," Lim said, after his victory was announced.

In what  was described as the closest  voting ever for the 13-year  television competition, Lim edged the the second-place entry, Zurcaroh, for the title. The  runner-up act is a youthful acrobatic dance company that amazed the judges and national  television audience in recent weeks.

Also making  the top five in Wednesday's final voting was another former Southeast Tennessee face, singer Michael Ketterer.  

Ketterer is a Red Bank High School graduate, and now a pediatric nurse in Los Angeles. He had won the hearts of the judges, and much of the nation, with his personal story of adoption of five  young (at risk) boys into his family.

Lim changed his presentation somewhat for Tuesday night's final performance. Instead of going right into his magic act and sleight-of-hand artistry, he began by playing the piano. He explained Wednesday  he had studied to be a concert pianist  in college (at Lee University in Cleveland). At Lee, he was a double major in music and telecommunications.

In 2011, as a 20-year-old, Lim was diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which limited his musical aspirations, and caused him to leave the university after two years to spend  time working on his magic act.

Tuesday's performance shows he still has his musical talent, among the reasons he incorporates music into his show.

Surgery followed his departure from Lee, which he feared might restrict his magical abilities. Intense  therapy was successful, and he has gone on to achieve recognition and acclaim around the world prior to Wednesday's  top prize on "America's Got Talent."

Following Lim and Zurcaroh in the nationwide voting Wednesday were violinist Brian Joseph King in the third position, comedian Samuel J. Comroe at No. 4, and Ketterer at fifth.

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