il·​lu·​sion·​ist | \ i-ˈlüzh-nist How to pronounce illusionist (audio) , -ˈlü-zhə- \

Definition of illusionist

: a person who produces illusory effects: such as
a : a sleight-of-hand performer or a magician
b : one (such as an artist) whose work is marked by illusionism

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Other Words from illusionist

illusionistic \ i-​ˌlü-​zhə-​ˈni-​stik How to pronounce illusionist (audio) \ adjective
illusionistically \ i-​ˌlü-​zhə-​ˈni-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce illusionist (audio) \ adverb

Examples of illusionist in a Sentence

tried to figure out how the illusionist made his assistant disappear from the stage
Recent Examples on the Web Those acts include aerial performers Bandaloop, illusionist Kevin Spencer, and Cuban jazz duo Alfredo Rodriguez and Pedrito Martinez. Shauna Stuart |, al, 17 Sep. 2021 This much-celebrated work by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins toys with the machinery of melodrama, a form that relies on the elaborate sets and over-the-top spectacle of the illusionist stage. Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2021 Precisely one half of the famed illusionist duo—and Las Vegas headliners—Siegfried & Roy, and his convertible is offered at no reserve on behalf of the Siegfried & Roy estate. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 31 May 2021 One hundred years ago on Sunday, illusionist P.T. Selbit put a woman in a box on the stage of London's Finsbury Park Empire and sawed right through the wood, creating a magical classic. NBC News, 15 Jan. 2021 Siegfried Fischbacher, a German illusionist who rose to international fame as half of the Siegfried & Roy performing duo, died Thursday from pancreatic cancer. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, 14 Jan. 2021 The illusionist and half of the duo Siegfried and Roy, died due to the coronavirus on May 8, his publicist told CNN, at 75 years old. Vulture Editors, Vulture, 9 Jan. 2021 Are Descartes’ almost perfect illusionist, Laplace’s nearly omniscient intelligence and Maxwell’s entropy-resistant imp really as tangible as a microchip or a shock wave? Washington Post, 24 Dec. 2020 Other events throughout the day include: a magic show, a singing competition, cooking classes, illusionist performances and a dance off. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, 1 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of illusionist

1850, in the meaning defined above

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Cite this Entry

“Illusionist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of illusionist

: an entertainer who performs magic tricks : magician

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