ma·​gi·​cian | \ mə-ˈji-shən How to pronounce magician (audio) \

Definition of magician

1 : one skilled in magic especially : sorcerer
2 : one who performs tricks of illusion and sleight of hand

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Examples of magician in a Sentence

The magician pulled a rabbit out of a hat. She is a magician on the basketball court.

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Harry Collins Grave Harry Collins was the corporate magician for Frito-Lay and is buried at Cave Hill Cemetery, with a life-size statue commemorating his life. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, "Please, Louisville, don't screw up this sweet deal with Bill Murray," 28 Mar. 2018 Well, Sam [Taylor-Johnson, the director] is a magician. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Emilia Clarke Got So Sick of the Reaction to Her 'Game of Thrones' Nudity That She Turned Down 'Fifty Shades'," 24 May 2019 No matter what your thoughts are on the results, the magician's victory marks the end of America's Got Talent: The Champions this year. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Shin Lim Is Who Won 'America's Got Talent: The Champions' and People Are Freaking Out," 19 Feb. 2019 Families also can participate in a Horcrux hunt and take photos of themselves with their favorite magicians. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Wizards event conjures up new grand banquet, continues kids magic school," 7 June 2018 On Monday's night's finale, magician extraordinaire Shin Lim was declared the America's Got Talent: The Champions winner of 2019. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' and Susan Boyle Fans Are Livid After Shin Lim Wins 'Champions'," 19 Feb. 2019 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 The competition ended up coming down to two finalists — Darci Lynne and magician Shin Lim (the winner of AGT season 13). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' and Susan Boyle Fans Are Livid After Shin Lim Wins 'Champions'," 19 Feb. 2019 Women in Magic: Oakland Magic Circle hosts a panel discussion about female magicians followed by performances. San Francisco Chronicle, "SFChronicle critics’ picks: What to do the week of March 4," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of magician

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of magician

: a person who has the power to make impossible things happen
: a performer who does tricks that seem to be impossible
: a person who has amazing skills


ma·​gi·​cian | \ mə-ˈji-shən How to pronounce magician (audio) \

Kids Definition of magician

: a person skilled in performing tricks or illusions

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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