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 Alex soon meets an endearing skaterghost/love interest (Booboo Stewart) who nearly traffics Sunset Curve to a sinister spectral magician (Cheyenne Jackson) seeking to enslave them at his supernatural nightclub. Robyn Bahr, Billboard, "'Julie and the Phantoms': TV Review," 10 Sep. 2020 The famous magician, illusionist, and entertainer died from peritonitis caused by a ruptured appendix, but multiple contradicting reports caused quite the mystery around his death. Lauren Smith Mcdonough And Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "26 Fun and Scary Halloween Facts to Trick (or Treat) Your Friends," 14 Aug. 2020 There is nothing left to be said about Barcelona's mercurial magician who scored yet another wonderful solo goal in his side's 3-1 victory over Napoli in the previous round. Ben Church, CNN, "Lionel Messi meets Robert Lewandowski as Barcelona faces Bayern Munich in a clash of titans," 13 Aug. 2020 The magician has a long list of notable stunts: In 1999, Blaine was buried in a box under a water tank in New York. James Hibberd,, "David Blaine to attempt first stunt in decade: Flying over NYC holding balloons," 12 Aug. 2020 The magician might place a tambourine, cane and bell into an empty cabinet and close the door. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Amazing Poster Art From the “Golden Age” of Magic," 4 Mar. 2020 If a magician can’t conceal this secret, the trick is worthless. José Mandojana, Popular Mechanics, "How a Legendary Magician Builds the World's Greatest Illusions," 2 Aug. 2020 But the story of the forest’s real magician is little known. Smithsonian Magazine, "The Invention of Hiking," 10 May 2020 What did a nice Methodist girl, a preacher’s daughter, want with an older man—a Vaudeville magician, no less—rumored to be a Jew, the son of a rabbi? Longreads, "On Vanishing," 14 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of magician

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Cite this Entry

“Magician.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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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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