il·​lu·​sion·​ist i-ˈlü-zh(ə-)nist How to pronounce illusionist (audio)
: a person who produces illusory effects: such as
: a sleight-of-hand performer or a magician
: one (such as an artist) whose work is marked by illusionism
illusionistic adjective
illusionistically 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 Other shows that were part of the 2023-2024 Broadway seasons included El Mago Pop, Spain's magic spectacular show from Antonio Díaz, the highest-grossing European illusionist in the world. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 27 Mar. 2024 To hear some tell it, her neighbors included the famous illusionist and escape artist Harry Houdini and his wife, Wilhelmina Beatrice Houdini. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2024 While the game doesn’t run very smoothly, easily overpowering the Switch hardware and choking it with some major framerate dips throughout the experience, the illusionists at Nintendo once again make the case for trading in style over horsepower. Christopher Cruz, Rolling Stone, 23 Feb. 2024 Lipa invited hundreds of her biggest fans to the mysterious Houdini Estate in the winding hills of Laurel Canyon Boulevard on Tuesday night to navigate an escape room (fitting for the famous illusionist and the slippery new song) and to dance the night away at an open-air disco party. Katie Atkinson, Billboard, 15 Nov. 2023 If not, Peltz will have his work cut out for him at the proxy ballot box as a diversionary illusionist. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Fortune, 7 Nov. 2023 After her husband died in 1997, Ms. Blackstone moved center stage and went on to a successful career as an illusionist, coach, producer and director. Lauren McCarthy, New York Times, 2 Dec. 2023 The announcement arrived after weeks of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it teasers sporadically posted to Lipa’s social media pages, a nod to the elusive air of Harry Houdini, the iconic Hungarian-American escape artist and illusionist from whom the song’s title derives. Kyle Denis, Billboard, 9 Nov. 2023 Khan recounts for them how a yogi (also Ayoade) once taught him to go beyond his senses; later, after becoming a sensation onstage as an illusionist, the old man passes away. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 28 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of illusionist was in 1850

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“Illusionist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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il·​lu·​sion·​ist i-ˈlü-zhə-nist How to pronounce illusionist (audio)
: a person who produces illusions
especially : a performer of sleight of hand or a magician

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