Want to learn how to do magic like Shin Lim?
I don’t blame you! This magician is currently making huge headlines all over the world for his absolutely incredible sleight of hand magic on America’s Got Talent.
Who wouldn’t want to be able to wow people like Shin Lim? I know I would!
Today I’ll be talking about how you (yes, YOU) can pull off some magic tricks that would make Shin Lim proud.
PLUS, if you stick around to the end, I’ll be showing you how you can learn the EXACT methods Shin uses in his magic (HINT: you can find Shin’s secrets at Amazon!).
Let’s dive right into it!
First of all, a word of encouragement.
While Shin Lim might seem like some kind of superhuman, I’m here to tell you that ANYONE can do this level of magic with the right practice.
In fact, magic wasn’t even Shin’s main focus until college.
The key 100% lies in daily practice. It doesn’t matter if it’s only 10 or 20 minutes a day, but as long as you keep on doing it everyday you’ll soon be mastering magic.
Getting started: what’s your level?
If you’re reading this, you’re either a complete beginner or have some experience in card magic.
For the beginners, awesome that you’ve chosen to try your hand at magic! It is an incredible hobby and most of all, tons of fun. Don’t worry, I’ll be covering the basics and upwards here so just sit back and enjoy.
For magicians with a bit of experience, you might want to skip this first section and jump into the ‘moving it up’ section!
So, you’re completely new to this whole exciting world of magic but you have no idea where to start. Not to worry! I got you covered.
As a beginner, my main advice would be to AVOID at all costs splashing loads of cash on magic tricks. There are some really awesome tricks available online and trust me, I know just how tempting it can be to just spend a little here and there, but it really does stack up!
The only investment that you need to make right now is just a simple deck of playing cards. Chances are, you might already have a deck of cards lying around the house that you can pick up.
If not, it’s super easy to order some through Amazon. You can get Bicycle cards (the same type Shin uses) in packs of two for around 5 bucks, which is a great deal. To read more about choosing your playing cards for magic, click here for my full list of different card types and which are best.
Once you have a deck of cards you are ready to go! I promise that 90% of what you need to learn to do magic like Shin Lim can be learnt on a regular set of playing cards.
So keep that wallet closed and learn how you can discover a WEALTH of free magic online in the next step…
Getting to know the ropes: All the magic you need online
Let’s talk about YouTube for a minute. If you’re anything like me, you probably use YouTube all the time.
But did you know that you can learn LOADS of magic tricks and techniques from professional magicians there?
Including Shin Lim himself! That’s right, Shin has a YouTube channel and even teaches his magic there. But more on that later…
For an absolute amateur, the best channel to figure out the basics is 52Kards.
Who is 52Kards?
What started out as a homemade set of videos teaching people the occasional shuffle or card trick on YouTube has turned into one of the industry leading magic trick teaching resources, and for good reason.
52Kards is an amazing place to learn magic for free. They have tons of videos available on YouTube that are targeted at beginners specifically.
You’ll learn how to hold a deck of cards properly, shuffle them, and gradually over time be introduced to more and more impressive sleights and techniques.
Here’s a video of Asad (from 52Kards) performing a magic routine using pure sleight of hand.
EVERYTHING you need to learn to be able to perform exactly the same routine is provided at 52Kards for no cost! For me, as a magician, that is crazy good value.
You can either watch them on YouTube or through their website here.
But that looks like a bunch of hard work, doesn’t it?
After all, who wants to spend hours practicing complicated sleight of hand techniques when you can buy a trick deck from Amazon for a couple of dollars?
People who want to be able to do magic like Shin Lim, is the answer. If you’re serious about this, sleight of hand magic is the way forward.
Sure, trick decks are fun and can come in useful now and again, but they shouldn’t be your focus. There’s nothing wrong with them (I personally use a couple of trick decks every now and again, such as The Invisible Deck) but they just don’t measure up to the skills you gain through learning some real sleight of hand.
For example, imagine you visited a friend’s house and spotted a deck of cards. If you only ever relied on trick decks, you wouldn’t be able to do anything.
But if you could do some great sleight of hand you would be able to pick up their cards and fool their socks off! And yes, I have done this myself many times.
If you’re struggling to stay motivated or just are finding it WAY too difficult to carry on, I would suggest rewatching Shin Lim’s performances. For me, they’re super inspirational and make me want to crack down even harder on improving my own sleight of hand so that I’m a little bit closer to being able to achieve the same level of magic.
Once you have the fundamentals of card magic down (and this can be achieved purely through 52Kards) you’re ready for the next step…
Moving on up: Taking your magic to another level
Sure, you can now do some really cool sleight of hand, but that isn’t everything.
What’s the point of being able to do a super clean double lift if your audience isn’t watching?
I’m talking about you audience or PEOPLE skills.
People always underestimate the importance of developing good people skills in magic, but it is absolutely vital. I’ve personally seen loads of magicians perform incredibly hard sleight of hand really well, but their audience wasn’t impressed because they weren’t INTERESTED in the trick.
So in order to take your magic to the next level, you need to double down on your people skills.
This really isn’t as hard as it sounds. Unless you live in the middle of Alaska in a hut, chances are you’re seeing people everyday. This is your chance to improve.
And by that, I don’t even mean magic. Don’t walk up to people and offer to show them a trick, just try to walk up to them and start a conversation.
While you’re talking, try to work on maintaining eye contact and responding enthusiastically. If you do this every day, your communication skills will naturally rise.
And communication skills are a super valuable asset in magic! Think about it; if a magician was mumbling his way through a trick, how likely do you think it is that his audience would be engaged?
On the other hand, if he was speaking clearly and enthusiastically, maintaining eye contact, and asking questions, the odds are that his audience would be WAY more receptive to his magic.
That really is the ‘secret’ to being a good magician. If you think the best magicians are the ones who can do the best sleight of hand, you’re wrong. The best magicians are the ones who can make people THINK they can do the best sleight of hand through their performance.
The best way to develop your own style as a magician is simply to go out there and practice. As you perform to people, you’ll naturally find things that work for you and things that don’t.
For me, I can’t do the whole ‘serious’ magician thing. So instead, I try to keep things light and casual. That works for me!
But it might not work for you; the only way to find out is to get some experience performing for people.
Shin Lim, on the other hand, is really good at the ‘serious’ magician style. He turns the magic he does into an art form, and it is a really effective style.
So you see, each magician will vary and there’s no hard and fast rule to it. Just see what works best for you!
That’s pretty much all there is to it. To recap:
– Buy a deck of cards (and nothing else)
– Learn all the techniques at YouTube or through 52Kards
– Work on improving your people skills and narrowing down your ‘style’
If you want to read in more depth about this process, check out my how to learn magic tricks guide.
For now, I’m going to instead finish by talking to you about how to learn Shin Lim’s magic (his EXACT magic routine)
Where you can learn the same magic as Shin Lim…
You can learn the exact methods Shin Lim uses right over at Amazon! (See below for the link…)
Shin Lim is currently selling the secrets to his magic in a couple of products, one of which is available on Amazon.
52 Shades of Red is what Shin Lim used during his audition and on Penn and Teller, the same card trick he used to win the world championship of magic… (and yes, YOU can buy it). This is the better option for beginners in my opinion as it is MUCH cheaper than the Dream Act.
The Dream Act is what Shin Lim used in the semi-final of America’s Got Talent to make it into the final.
Which is a better investment?
I personally prefer The Dream Act, but when it comes down to it they are both of similar value. You’re going to learn similar techniques either way, it’s just a matter of your personal preference on which looks better. 52 Shades of Red is a little cheaper too, and can be found on Amazon (through the link above.)
Did you know Shin Lim has his own YouTube channel??
If you haven’t watched any of his videos yet, I would highly recommend checking him out. He comes across as not only a great magician, but all round great guy!
PLUS, he even teaches you some of his sleight of hand techniques for free. Check it out!
So there you are! How to do magic like Shin Lim, my step by step walkthrough of the process. I hope it was useful!
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