Lu Chen first became interested in magic at the age of 7 when he was attracted by a magic shop while shopping with his aunt.
He proceeded to enter and saw the shopkeeper make coins disappear, and when confronted, the shopkeeper pulled a lollipop from behind his ear. From then, he began working on his magic skills, and at the age of 12, he won Taiwan's Youth Magic Contest, which was judged by world-famous magician David Copperfield. In an interview, Lu Chen said that "This win was profoundly meaningful for me. It encouraged me to carry on my magic show dream. It showed me that my efforts could eventually lead to success."
Despite this, Lu Chen did not expect to become a professional magician, instead choosing to study the Japanese language at Soochow University, while practicing amateur magic in his spare time. His failure to find a job after graduation forced him to pursue a career in magic. In 2001, Lu Chen expanded his magic shows onto television, starting a show called "Magic Star", quickly becoming STAR Chinese Channel's's most popular show. In 2003, he took first place at the international World Magic Seminar. From 2007 to 2009, Lu Chen has been performing and judging on the magic segment of the Chang Fei's popular Taiwanese variety show, Variety Big Brother.
His plans to pursue magic in China were fulfilled when he performed "Magic Hands" at CCTV New Year's Gala 2009 in front of a live audience and while one billion people watched the televised broadcast.His performance was the second most popular show that night, surpassed only by Zhao Benshan's skit. After his performance at the CCTV New Year's Gala, various provincial channels (most commonly Jiangsu TV, Shanghai Media Group and Hunan TV) offer an invitation for him to perform. He has also appeared in Chinese television commercials throughout 2009. He performed again the following year at CCTV New Year's Gala 2010 and CCTV Lantern Festival's Gala 2010. This accomplishment is considered[who?] one of his most remarkable achievements recently as he has shot to fame and popularity since then
After his debut in China, he mainly appears in China and Japan for his performances. In 2010, he was awarded the Merlin Award, his 26th magic award for his career. In 2011, Lu Chen became the first Asian magician to have his own stage performance at Las Vegas and the first Taiwanese magician to be published in the American MAGIC magazine. Today, many[who?] consider Lu Chen to be Asia's David Copperfield due to his high fame and popularity especially in Asia.
Awards and accomplishments
Neil Foster/Bill Baird Award for Excellence in Manipulation (Chavez College of Magic)
Best Practices Award (Society of American Magicians)
Taiwan's Youth Magic Contest (1st place), award was personally presented by David Copperfield
1998 S.A.M. JAPAN Competition (美國魔術師協會日本分會)
1998 “Formosa International Magic Convention - Best Creativity Award
2000 Naniwa International Magic Convention – First Price Award in stage magic Category JCMA Special Award
"The Best Closeup Magician Award of the Year" (Japanese Magic Convention)
2003 Japan Professional Magician Association - Magician of the Year World Magic Seminar Asia - Grand Prix
2005 CHAVEZ Magic Academy- Neil Foster Award-Excellence in Manipulation Abbott`s Magic Get-together - People`s Choice Award
Abbott's Magic Get-together
2003 World Magic Seminar (1st place)
2008 日本近距离魔术协会JAPAN CUP「年度最佳近距离魔术师」(Close-Up magician of the Year)
2009 CCTV Spring Festival Evening Gala Best Act Award in music and performing arts category
2010 CCTV Spring Festival Evening Gala Best Act Award in music and performing arts category
2010 梅林奬 Merlin Award (IMS, International Magicians Society)
2011 5th Annual National People’s Congress and Entrepreneur Forum – “Socially Responsible Artist” award
2011 Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques (FISM) & The Academy of the Magical Arts (AMA) - Asian Magician of the Year
2012 Magician of the Year “Magician of the Year 2011” (The Academy of Magical Arts) 年度魔术师
2013 The “Grolla d'oro award” one of the most ancient award in the history of European movies and arts industry
2013 The International Magic Award 2013