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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Sunday’s lineup also includes a performance by Lyndhurst native and magician Rick Smith Jr., from 1:45 to 2:30 p.m.; singer Steve Fazzini, from 3 to 5:30 p.m.; and, from 6 to 9 p.m., a performance by the Sophisticated Swing Band., "Annual Lyndhurst Home Days, promising ‘something for everybody,’ set for Sept. 6-8," 29 Aug. 2019 Through the Renaissance, magicians tended to work in traveling fairs and in informal settings. Cody Delistraty, The New Republic, "Why Is the One Percent So Obsessed With Magic?," 26 Aug. 2019 Russell Wilson is undoubtedly an elite quarterback, but can his next act as Seattle’s top magician be to lead the Seahawks to another winning record in 2019? Max Meyer,, "NFC Teams That Are the Best Bets to Go Under Their Win Total," 18 Aug. 2019 This year Brown hires a magician to conjure him out of thin air in the lobby of the Napa Valley Marriott. 2. Matt Kawahara,, "Raiders’ predictions: Brown and Jacobs produce, but a quiet farewell to Oakland," 23 July 2019 Even some traditional magicians have decided to embrace the opportunities that the internet can bring. Eduardo Baptista, CNN, "The traditional Chinese magicians calling for greater censorship of their ancient tricks," 11 July 2019 The company’s name is an acronym of Vision Of Infinite Dimensions; before starting it, in 2015, its founders had careers as a theme-park entrepreneur, in the field of interactive design, and among Las Vegas magicians, respectively. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The VOID Is Where Virtual Reality Enters the Dying Meatspace of the Mall," 23 Aug. 2019 Fun for the whole family - there will be a trackless train, magician, balloon twisters, face painters, inflatable obstacle course and more. Jennifer Boehm,, "12 things to do with the kids this weekend: Aug. 22 - 25," 21 Aug. 2019 All magicians — even grumpy ones — aim to entertain. Scott Timberg, Los Angeles Times, "Bad Boys of Magic trade the birds and bunnies for booze and banter," 16 Aug. 2019

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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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