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[muh-jish-uh n] /məˈdʒɪʃ ən/
an entertainer who is skilled in producing illusion by sleight of hand, deceptive devices, etc.; conjurer.
a person who is skilled in magic; sorcerer.
Origin of magician
1350-1400; magic + -ian; replacing Middle English magicien < Middle French
2. necromancer, enchanter, wizard. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • All these magicians bore wands, or rods, and when they threw them on the ground the rods turned into serpents.

    Storyology Benjamin Taylor
  • I could make the wind blow, but, like other magicians, I could not share in its benefits.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Many were the physicians, chaplains, soothsayers and magicians.

    The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI. Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
  • He was the only conjuror, the real one, a worthy descendant of the magicians of old.

    Vivian Grey Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
  • Im wondering if Barrows is clever enough to play the old trick used by conjurers and magicians?

British Dictionary definitions for magicians


another term for conjuror
a person who practises magic
a person who has extraordinary skill, influence, or qualities
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for magicians



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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magicians in the Bible

Heb. hartumim, (dan. 1:20) were sacred scribes who acted as interpreters of omens, or "revealers of secret things."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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