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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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British Dictionary definitions for magicians

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 magicians

magician

n.

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

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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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Encyclopedia Article for magicians

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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