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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Rock climbing wall, inflatables, games, hot air balloons, stilt walkers, face painting, magician, pie baking contest, craft and vendor booths, concessions and DJ. Luann Gibbs,, "4th of July fireworks, parades and events in Cincinnati," 26 June 2018 Gavin Cox and his wife, Minh-Hahn Cox, alleged negligence by the multimillionaire magician, the MGM Grand hotel, two Copperfield business entities and a construction firm that was renovating the hotel. NBC News, "Jury says magician David Copperfield not liable for tourist's injuries," 30 May 2018 For a moment, my Very Serious Business side reared its ugly head, telling me that dating a magician was not a Very Serious thing to do. Vanessa Armstrong,, "How R2-D2 helped me find love," 25 May 2018 Then this drama about a superstar magician (Jack Cutmore-Scott) who sets out to work with the FBI could be your next far-fetched cop show. Ellen Gray,, "TV picks: 'American Idol,' 'Rise,' 'Timeless,' 'This Is Us' and more," 9 Mar. 2018 Magician to entertain Singer, songwriter, guitarist and magician Mary Macaroni will perform for children at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, at the Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "This Week in Naperville," 29 June 2018 The show includes one of Houdini’s original brown leather straitjackets and a rare recording of the magician’s voice, which was higher and lighter than might be expected from a man with such an intimidating stare. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Behind the magic of Harry Houdini at the Jewish Museum of Maryland," 29 June 2018 Wannabe magicians can dress for their Hogwarts house of choice or be placed by the sorting hat. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Wizards event conjures up new grand banquet, continues kids magic school," 7 June 2018 Starring third generation magician Dennis Watkins, the hit show has 220 planned public performances at the Palmer House, 17 E. Monroe St. Kt Hawbaker,, "The House Theatre announces its 2018-19 season, including three world premieres," 18 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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