Shin Lim could be the biggest name in magic since David Blaine

Toward the end of magician Shin Lim’s “Dream Act” routine, his hands slowly rise to his head, palms up. Just as the accompanying dramatic The CW television show Penn & Teller: Fool Us (Season 2) -- "The Invisi-Ball Thread" -- Pictured: Shin Lim -- Photo: Jacob Kepler/The CW -- (c) 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reservedorchestral music swells, he opens his mouth, expelling a cloud of smoke and revealing a folded playing card that had been inexplicably moving between both of his hands and his vest pocket.

Fellow magician Don Greenberg watched Lim, then 23, perform this act in July 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida, as part of a competition run by the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Greenberg had helped organize similar events for the brotherhood in the past, but this time he was there as a spectator. He and his wife, Sharon, were part of a group of more than two dozen audience members and two contest judges gathered in a Hyatt conference room to watch Lim. Greenberg had seen Lim perform in national competitions for years and had always thought he had good hands. But he was struck by this routine — Lim’s precise movements, his intensity, the crescendos of the music. It was cinematic. At the moment that Lim put his hands to his head, released the smoke, and revealed the card, Greenberg looked over at his wife. Her eyes were welling up with tears. Oh, my God, he thought, she’s crying. How the hell did that happen?You don’t expect someone to make your wife tear up with a just deck of cards. Read more...

By Dan Morrell for the Boston Globe..  Photo: Jacob Kepler, The CW

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