'AGT' Season 17: Who is Yu Hojin? Illusionist was featured on Season 11 as guest performer

Yu Hojin is back on the 'AGT' stage, but this time around, he plans on making it to the top


                            'AGT' Season 17: Who is Yu Hojin? Illusionist was featured on Season 11 as guest performer
Yu Hojin on 'America's Got Talent' (Trae Patton, NBC)
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Season 17 of 'America's Got Talent' has seen some exceptional and unique talent and it looks like there is still a lot more to come! With the acts getting bigger and better each week, the pressure is certainly piling on. However, illusionist Yu Hojin is here to prove that sometimes, simplicity speaks louder than flashy performances.

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So far, there has been no shortage of magic acts on Season 17. Fans have seen the likes of Siegfried and Joy, Nicholas Ribs and Jannick Holste advance forward. Now, will magician Yu Ho-Jin be able to join their ranks and advance ahead? We'll have to wait and see. But until then, here's all you need to know about him!

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Who is Yu Hojin?

Yu Hojin is an illunionist from South Korea. He studied at Dong-Pusan ​​College. His interest in magic began at the age of 8, when he often practiced magic in his bathroom, seeing that his parents weren't too accepting of his passion back then. However, Yu made quite the name for himself and has recently completed his mandatory army service, is now all set to take on the 'AGT' stage. Interestingly enough, this isn't his time here, seeing that he was featured on 'America's Got Talent' Season 11 back in 2016 as a guest performer. Now, however, he'll be taking to stage in a new role, as a participant, in the hope of bagging the $1 million dollar prize and Las Vegas residency. 

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His 'AGT' audition

As Yu took to the stage, he explained that after his army service, he realized that he wanted to do something with his life where the world would remember his name. When asked if his parents were accepting of his choice to follow his passion, YU explained that his father was not, which led him to practice in secret in the bathroom. However, when his father saw how dedicated he was, he asked if he could be the best at it, and Yu said he could. Yu's beautiful and enchanting performance earned him a standing ovation from Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara and fans online were just as enthralled. 

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"This magic is absolutely beautiful ♡ It almost looks like he made magic a form of poetry in motion. The song and concept of the bird, or angel with feathers (with a deeper meaning) was absolutely genius. He is talented beyond words can explain. Every culture and life story brings a new style and iconic way to show the world something different. He did just that. He is not only memorable, but a magical artist ♡," noted a fan. "What a beautiful appearance and performance… combined with magically elegant hand movements and dexterity! No doubt he’s very talented in a very unpretentious and humble way! And with such a dashing smile he already won uncountable hearts! Bravo," said another.

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"Yu ho jin was the only magician in my life that made me cry 8 years ago. He was the reason for what i started doing card manipulation again. Thank you Yu for being just the best," wrote an emotional fan.


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'America's Got Talent' airs on Tuesdays at 8 pm on NBC. For viewers who wish to tune in to the show without cable, they can do so using any of the following streaming services: Sling TV, fuboTV, Hulu With Live TV, AT&T TV or YouTube TV.