As of my knowledge cutoff date of September 2021, I don’t have any information that suggests that a Korean magician won ‘America’s Got Talent’ or participated in the show. However, there have been several Korean magicians who have appeared on the show, including Kukkiwon, who reached the semifinals of season 12 in 2017, and Shin Lim, who won season 13 in 2018 and returned to win ‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions’ in 2019. It’s always important to verify information from reliable sources before believing or sharing it.
Yu has been a magician for nearly his entire life. Born and raised in South Korea, he began practicing magic at only eight years old. Unfortunately, he didn’t have a support system like many of us.
His mother remained relatively neutral towards his interest in magic, but his father was against the idea. However, this didn’t deter Yu, who secretly practiced his magic tricks in the bathroom for years.
Most secrets come out eventually; in Yu’s case, his dad discovered his passion for magic after five years. However, to Yu’s surprise, his dad didn’t directly oppose the idea. Instead, he asked him a simple question: “Hey, if I accept you do magic, can you be the best?” Of course, Yu said he could.
Judging by his success, Yu has finally fulfilled his promise to his father: Yu was recently crowned the winner of America’s Got Talent 2022! While he was victorious in the end, the path to the crown was anything but easy…
His entire audition centered around a single feather. As soft piano music played in the background, Yu made a few bird-like gestures with his hands before revealing the first feather.
Yu seemed to pull this feather in and out of existence throughout the act. While undoubtedly impressive, this performance lacked the “spark” that judge Simon Cowell was hoping for (he mentioned that he was expecting doves to come flying out!).
The crowd and three of the judges fell in love with Yu, but Simon—being Simon—stood his ground and gave Yu a “No.” Despite this obstacle, Yu still managed to gain three “Yes” votes and moved on to the semi-finals.
Competition is much more intense in the semi-finals than it is during auditions. Yu seemed to recognize this fact: if he wanted to win, he’d need to do something Simon liked!