an entertainer who is skilled in producing illusion by sleight of hand, deceptive devices, etc.; conjurer.
a person who is skilled in magic; sorcerer.

1350–1400; magic + -ian; replacing Middle English magicien < Middle French

2. necromancer, enchanter, wizard. Unabridged
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magician (məˈdʒɪʃən)
1.  another term for conjuror
2.  a person who practises magic
3.  a person who has extraordinary skill, influence, or qualities

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from Fr. magicien, from L. magica (see magic).
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Encyclopedia Britannica


one who practices magic, sometimes considered the same as a sorcerer or witch. Conjurers are also sometimes called magicians, reflecting a historical confusion whereby legerdemain was considered to involve the supernatural. The name derives from the magus (q.v.), an ancient Persian priest, and the cognate maghdim, a Chaldean term meaning wisdom and philosophy.

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Example sentences
Poe is a magician who pulls lines out of his hat and then for our added
  pleasure explains how it's done.
The magician famous for being mute as a performer says that magic is all about
  the unwilling suspension of disbelief.
We marvel at the ice sculptures, the magician, and the juggler.
My teenage attempt at a magician's grace was being transformed into an awkward
  comic grace.
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