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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According to the New York Post, the man behind the mask is a magician named Alejandro Torres. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "This Video of a Man Dressed Up as Pennywise From 'It' Is Actually Keeping Me Up at Night," 2 Sep. 2019 The Argentine magician's inability to claim glory for his country was further accentuated at approximately 22:00 on Sunday 9 June, when Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo notched up another trophy by claiming the inaugural Nations League title., "Argentina: Not Even Lionel Messi Can Turn Around Football's Greatest Underachievers," 19 June 2019 More importantly, Maskelyne was also a magician, so he was used to wowing audiences with spectacular sights. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "See the Oldest Known Footage of a Solar Eclipse," 3 June 2019 Tour de Fat Party in Tempe at the annual Tour de Fat with cirque performers, magicians, comedians and more. Alison Stanton, azcentral, "The best fall festivals around Phoenix in 2019: Oktoberfest, Day of the Dead, art and more," 12 Sep. 2019 Activities for the kiddos includes face painting, clowns, magicians, arts & crafts, bounce houses, performances and more. Jennifer Boehm,, "Things to do with the kids this weekend: ArtsLaunch, Kids Expo, Grandparent’s Day," 6 Sep. 2019 Reenactment of Europe's Renaissance period with food, crafts, demonstrations, games of chance and skill, rides, knight battles, a crafts village and live performers including sword fighters, minstrels and magicians., "Fairs & Festivals," 26 Feb. 2018 Storytellers, magicians, crafts, a costume parade, petting zoo and pony rides round out the day. Traci L. Suppa, Woman's Day, "9 Illuminating Jack-o'-Lantern Festivals to Visit This October," 29 Sep. 2016 Such a once-unthinkable prospect would at last give the magician and his erstwhile assistant equal billing. New York Times, "Israel Election Could Turn on Ugly Breakup of an Odd Couple," 16 Sep. 2019

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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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involving a confidence or trust

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