Asian magicians dominate America's Got Talent - Genii Online

While Britain's Got Talent dropped two magic acts from the competition last night, Asian magicians were keeping the dream alive on the show's American counterpart.

Shin Lim set a crazy high bar just by, you know, being Shin Lim. That elegant sleight-of-hand routine set to Un Nouveau Soleil by M83 is a perfect example of why the Canada-born, Singapore-raised magician is so highly regarded in magic circles. That and the fact he's a FISM winner. Oh, and stuff like this.

Season 11 competitor and "Rubik's cube guy," Steven Brundage, cropped up in the video comments to give his thoughts on Lim's performance

Season 11 competitor and "Rubik's cube guy," Steven Brundage, cropped up in the video comments to give his thoughts on Lim's performance

But while several people think Lim deserves to win the competition outright, he had stiff competition from Asia's Got Talent winner, The Sacred Riana, whose act speaks for itself. 

The 25-year-old illusionist from Jakarta, Indonesia, isn't a flashy technician like Lim, but instead sells her tricks with a cool Ringu-inspired persona, complete with plenty of head twitching and spooky glares. You'd think the gimmick would get old, but Riana took Asia's Got Talent by storm last year. Her appearance on AGT has prompted some to complain that winners from other regions should not be allowed to compete.     

Oh, and if you're wondering how Simon Cowell can appear in two different shows in two different continents on the same night, he can't teleport and he doesn't have an identical twin. The audition stages of the show are actually recorded weeks in advance.

 

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