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.
Recent Examples on the Web Until his next call, the amateur magician will continue to make the fear disappear. CBS News, "Paramedic finds magic solution to keep kids calm during emergencies," 7 Nov. 2019 Without even taking a touch to control the ball first, the midfield magician received a pass near the half-way line, and casually used the pace on the ball to ferociously spin a through ball in behind Craig Dawson., "6 of the Best Moments from Another Thrilling Weekend of Premier League Action," 4 Nov. 2019 For example, there’s the magician in Prague, the furnace man, who brings together his son and his son’s daemon in this act of parental destruction that starts off his machinery. Christian Holub,, "Philip Pullman goes deep on The Secret Commonwealth and the future of His Dark Materials," 18 Oct. 2019 The magicians run two types of shows: open mic and traditional. Molly Korzenowski, Twin Cities, "Making magic — performers have open mic and traditional magic shows up their sleeves," 13 Sep. 2019 Hagey, the magician who looks like a movie star, is no stranger to pioneering. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Street Scene got people dancing in the streets in 1984," 18 Aug. 2019 While answering questions from Twitter for WIRED's latest Magic Support video, the celebrity magician shared one such anecdote. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "Penn Jillette Performed a Séance at a Steven Spielberg Party," 13 Aug. 2019 Steve Jobs was the master magician of systemic change. John Sculley, Fortune, "Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley: Why Sensors Are the Future of Health Care Tech," 17 July 2019 The king’s physician, an army commander, the royal magician. National Geographic, "Episode 6: Harem Conspiracy Papyrus," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of magician

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 Dec 2019

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“Magician.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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