Definition of illusionist in English:

illusionist

noun

  • A person who performs tricks that deceive the eye; a magician.

    as modifier ‘illusionist techniques’
    • ‘After charming his way through the Hollywood social scene, Keith Barry is poised to become one of the select magicians and illusionists to enjoy mainstream stardom in the USA.’
    • ‘Reality is a fabrication, as the illusionist and con artist can justify.’
    • ‘There were fine nuggets of legerdemain, courtesy of the illusionist Paul Kieve.’
    • ‘A free festival circus will be in the park where acrobats, clowns, fire eaters, illusionists, jugglers and stilt walkers will entertain the crowds.’
    • ‘The glammiest illusionists, Siegfried and Roy, have played one Vegas room or another since 1967.’
    • ‘Isn't there a difference between a magician and an illusionist?’
    • ‘He becomes less a magician and more and more not only an illusionist of increasing power, but one bent on tormenting his audience rather than entertaining them.’
    • ‘Houdini was a publicity-wise escapologist and illusionist who made his name and a good deal of money in America.’
    • ‘Stage magicians and conjurers are of course illusionists, not magicians in the historical context of the word.’
    • ‘Between stretching, thrusting and air-walking up high, she frequently breaks expectation like an expert illusionist.’
    • ‘The fun starts at the Rio hotel-casino with a show by a gifted illusionist and a classical pianist, called Jarrett & Raja.’
    • ‘Magic Circle member John Field will demonstrate some of Houdini's magic tricks and talk about the greatest illusionist of his time.’
    • ‘One is left doubting where the artist's loyalty lies, suspecting that this is the work of an illusionist rather than a true magician.’
    • ‘The magician, illusionist and singer kept the name and is now the only curator who celebrates the star signs as they happen throughout the year.’
    • ‘An illusionist has had to abandon plans to climax his UK tour at Epsom Playhouse because staff are apparently fed up with the repeated failure of magic acts.’
    • ‘Headed up by choreographer Moses Pendleton, this troupe of dancing illusionists and contortionists have been known to mesmerize.’
    • ‘Aurélia Thierée has performed as an actress and illusionist since she was very young.’
    • ‘The series is based on the pride of white lions that perform in the famous Las Vegas act of illusionists Siegfried & Roy.’
    • ‘The talented threesome are acrobats, jugglers, clowns and illusionists, all rolled into one.’
    • ‘Yes, the communists are presented as magicians and illusionists, but they are also ‘people whose hold on reality was absolute’.’
    conjuror, juggler, prestidigitator
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Pronunciation

illusionist

/ɪˈluːʒ(ə)nɪst/