In this paper the electromagnetic shunt damper was newly employed for vibration suppression of the flexible structures. The electromagnetic shunt damper consists of a coil and a permanent magnet. The ends of the coil were connected to the RLC shunt circuit. The numerical solutions of resonant frequency of the shunt circuits were calculated by using Pspice. The vibration and damping characteristics of the flexible beams with the electromagnetic shunt damper were investigated by tuning the circuit parameters. Also, the effect of the magnetic intensity on the shunt damping was studied with the variation of the gap between the aluminum beam and the permanent magnet. Present results show that the magnet shunt damper can be successfully applied to reduce the vibration of the flexible structures.