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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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 The Sacred Riana, who made it to the live shows this year, has also done her illusionist act in previous competitions. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' Fans Are Taking Issue With Courtney Hadwin After Discovering Her Past," 15 Aug. 2018 This mansion in Hollywood serves as a clubhouse for magicians, with illusionists, mentalists, and more performing nightly to a crowd required to dress in vintage formal attire. Maxwell Williams, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Things to Do in Los Angeles," 1 Mar. 2018 As Shin Lim explained during his latest visit on Penn and Teller Fool Us, the illusionist's career really soared after appearing on the show. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' Winner Shin Lim's Serious Injury Nearly Cost Him His Magic Career," 20 Sep. 2018 That is, until Void chief creative officer Curtis Hickman, an illusionist who has worked on magic effects for David Copperfield, invented the Infinite Hallway. Eric Kester, Popular Mechanics, "What Virtual Reality Needs Now Is This Immersive Playground With Wind Machines and Smoke," 10 May 2016 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

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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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