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magician

[muh-jish-uh n] /məˈdʒɪʃ ən/
noun
1.
an entertainer who is skilled in producing illusion by sleight of hand, deceptive devices, etc.; conjurer.
2.
a person who is skilled in magic; sorcerer.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; magic + -ian; replacing Middle English magicien < Middle French
Synonyms
2. necromancer, enchanter, wizard.
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Examples from the web for magician
  • 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.
  • The barefoot magician twirls a rope around a volunteer's neck, and the audience hushes in anticipation.
  • Good misdirection is mostly psychological, with the magician tricking different parts of the audience's brain.
  • When the descent is finished, they take away the screen and the magician is standing still on an stool.
  • The only trick possible is that which could result from an extraordinary facility of the medium as a magician.
  • Maybe an evil sorcerer cursed the town long ago, following a dust-up with a conniving magician promoter.
  • We rightly speak of the magic of art and compare the artist with a magician.
British Dictionary definitions for magician

magician

/məˈdʒɪʃən/
noun
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 and History for magician
n.

late 14c., from Old French magiciien "magician, sorcerer," from magique (see magic (n.)).

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Encyclopedia Article for magician

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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