ma·​gi·​cian | \ mə-ˈji-shən \

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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The train has vintage 1920s and 1930s train carriages, and has balloon artists, face painters, and magicians on board. Vogue, "Mary Poppins Returns," 6 Jan. 2019 In the featured show, magician Dan Birch produced doves and a macaw from thin air. Tony Perrottet, WSJ, "A Secret Passageway Into the World’s Most Exclusive Magic Club," 19 Dec. 2018 What's more, Harder adds that the magicians were the ones paying Daniels. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Magician Makes Morals Clause Disappear in $2.6 Million Arbitration Win," 23 May 2018 That means the store won’t just be staffed with traditional sales clerks, but also product demonstrators, magicians and men and women playing various costumed roles, including toy soldiers. Charles Passy, WSJ, "FAO Schwarz Is Set to Return, And It Needs People to Dance on the ‘Big’ Piano," 27 Aug. 2018 Advertisers, studio producers, magicians and salesmen, to name just a few who have traditionally made their living through persuasion, have long relied on vulnerabilities in the human psyche. Haley Sweetland Edwards, Time, "You're Addicted to Your Smartphone. This Company Thinks It Can Change That," 13 Apr. 2018 Like Shin Lim, magicians in The Illusionists have taken their chances on AGT outside of touring in the group. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Illusionists of 'America's Got Talent' Have a Surprisingly Familiar Face In Their Cast," 22 Aug. 2018 Given the dearth of aspiring magicians in Oxford, England, the two probably would have become friends even if their names were Finklestein and Smith. Shaun Brady,, "Woke magic at the Merriam: 'Girls don't have to think their only role is to get in the box and get sawn in half.'," 19 June 2018 Among the stars will be Gazzo, a street magician from Britain, and Pete Sweet, a slack rope walker from Germany. Dan Kelly, kansascity, "KC events May 24-30: Memorial Day at WWI Museum, David Koechner, James Comey | The Kansas City Star," 22 May 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 \

Kids Definition of magician

: a person skilled in performing tricks or illusions

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