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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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 Grab a mask, watch magicians perform and listen to one of Canada's biggest electronic dance music artists, Vanic. Anchorage Daily News, "Coming up: Running of the reindeer, a 1-minute play festival and black magic masquerade," 2 Mar. 2018 Simon, once again, went after Mel B while giving feedback to a magician. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' Judges Simon Cowell and Mel B Were Feuding Last Night," 15 Aug. 2018 Sharks Rock, The Magic of Sharks 2: Tuesday, June 26, 6 to 7 p.m. Join magician Steve Woyce for an entertaining show packed with amazing shark magic, facts and fun. Courant Community, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 19 June 2018 The South Korean official pulled out 50,000 won bill — worth about $50 — and gave it to the magician, who then promptly turned it into a $1 note. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "Did you hear the one about the North Korean leader, the $100 bill and the trump card?," 30 Apr. 2018 Charlotte’s Hayden Childress is a magician for the digital age, but also wants to lure audiences away from their screens to experience magic live. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | March 23-29 | Charlotte Observer," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of magician

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of magician was in the 14th century

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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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