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

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Other Words from illusionist

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

Examples of illusionist in a Sentence

tried to figure out how the illusionist made his assistant disappear from the stage

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An illusionist in South Africa suffered a head wound when a magic show stunt involving a crossbow went terribly wrong. Fox News, "South African illusionist suffers head wound during magic show mishap with crossbow," 3 July 2019 Former illusionist Dwyer will share secrets on how to create real magic in your life., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 28 June 2019 In effect, this dastardly illusionist is a maker of persuasive computer-graphic action scenes akin to those that Marvel movies are based on, and these effects serve two purposes for their master villain. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Review: “Spider-Man: Far from Home” Presents the Illusion of a Good Movie," 1 July 2019 Celebrity icon illusionists embodied the roles of multiple legendary artists, such as Diana Ross, Tina Turner, Cher and Janet Jackson., "Transgender advocacy group celebrates Stonewall with Birmingham gala," 29 June 2019 Lunch entertainment Tim Balster, a magician and illusionist, is the featured act during the Naperville Park District’s Children’s Lunch Hour Entertainment series at 11:30 a.m. June 11 at Frontier Park, 3415 Book Road. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "This Week in Naperville," 6 June 2019 The creepy 26-year-old illusionist, known as Marie Antoinette Riana Graharani in real life, took the stage in the second round of finals and, once again, scared the living bejeezus out of everyone watching. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' Fans Enraged After Sacred Riana's Act Was Mysteriously "Cut Off"," 22 Aug. 2018 When host Terry Crews announced that Shin had won, the studio burst into applause as the card-trick illusionist was crowned the Got Talent champion of the world. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' and Susan Boyle Fans Are Livid After Shin Lim Wins 'Champions'," 19 Feb. 2019 Those acts included ballroom dancers Quin and Misha, comedy duo Yumbo Dump, the cat act Savitsky Cats, and creepy illusionist The Sacred Riana. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The 'America's Got Talent' Quarterfinals Results Are in and They're Very Controversial," 23 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of illusionist

1850, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of illusionist

: an entertainer who performs magic tricks

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