il·lu·sion·ist | \i-ˈlüzh-nist, -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 \ adjective
illusionistically \i-ˌlü-zhə-ˈni-sti-k(ə-)lē \ 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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Master illusionist David Blaine disappears at the Oakdale, 95 S. Turnpike Road, Wallingford, at 8 p.m. June 29. Christopher Arnott,, "Things To Do This Week," 25 June 2018 The famous magician, illusionist, and entertainer definitely died from peritonitis caused by a ruptured appendix, but the real reason for his death is a mystery due to multiple contradicting reports. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "18 Fascinating Things You Didn't Know About Halloween," 7 July 2018 Up-and-coming illusionists perform their best acts in hopes of fooling the duo Penn & Teller to earn a coveted spot in their Las Vegas show. Sara Aridi, New York Times, "What’s on TV Monday: ‘Salvation’ and ‘Ballet 422’," 25 June 2018 Minutes later, the great illusionist bobbed to the surface. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Behind the magic of Harry Houdini at the Jewish Museum of Maryland," 29 June 2018 Pilobolus, an athlete-illusionist dance company based in New York and Connecticut, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Richard Chang,, "Classical music, dance, theater, jazz and lectures are all on tap for Musco Center's third year," 28 June 2018 Derren Brown is a mentalist, illusionist, pop philosopher and debunker of scam-artists and mediums. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Derren Brown: Miracle’ Review: Deception on the Stage and Under the Steeple," 21 June 2018 Blaine, 45, is a famous illusionist and street magician, but those acts of endurance made his name. Allison Stewart,, "David Blaine is going to go himself one better, which is saying something," 13 June 2018 The Magic of Adam Trent The illusionist performs in this stage spectacular. Matt Cooper,, "The week ahead in SoCal theater: 'The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui' and more," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of illusionist

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of illusionist was in 1850

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English Language Learners Definition of illusionist

: an entertainer who performs magic tricks

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