Definition of magician in US English:



  • 1A person with magical powers.

    • ‘One performance that always draws a crowd is sinten, in which magicians exhibit their powers.’
    • ‘Knowing the names of these beings gave the magician power to act against them.’
    • ‘In Jung's own experience such archetypal figures as the magician, shaman, witch-doctor, and wise old man were commonly projected.’
    • ‘As they travel towards Zaragoza, Don Quijote remains in a dark mood thinking about this latest trick that the wicked magicians had played on him - the transformation of Dulcinea.’
    • ‘I soon found that the temple had been left by an ancient race of magicians who had mastered all forms of magic.’
    • ‘This magician gained his magic power by absorbing or copying it from his enemies.’
    • ‘Elves are sometimes depicted as helpers of magicians, e.g., Santa's helpers.’
    • ‘Early tales of apprenticeships to magicians and sorcerers intrigued me.’
    • ‘And we shall not tell them - for they would be jealous of it, because they will never know the power that makes us magicians and sages.’
    • ‘Prophecy and clairvoyance are so widely believed by millions of people that magicians are credited with psychic powers that not even Nostradamus would dare claim.’
    • ‘Self-confidence and power define the magician, doubt and uncertainty are banished.’
    • ‘At the first stroke of the bell it was as if a magician's wand had smitten the dancers.’
    • ‘Shamans are, in a sense, religious magicians, who have power over fire and who are capable of achieving trance states in seances in which their souls vacate their bodies to go on curing missions to the spirit worlds above or below the earth.’
    • ‘Some magicians have attributed their feats not to magic but to supernatural or paranormal powers, e.g., Sai Baba and Uri Geller.’
    • ‘You may have heard radionic energy called by another name, manna - and it is the one secret accomplished magicians and sorcerers absolutely refuse to tell anyone.’
    • ‘It's a testament to the power of this one magician that so much energy is spent refuting him.’
    • ‘Slowly the other sorceresses and magicians had reclaimed some of the colors, but they were rare and hard to conjure.’
    • ‘The tail was more or less an additional limb the five evil magicians had given him upon his creation.’
    • ‘He found two knights charging at Mandeera, but they too, suffered from the magician's tricks.’
    • ‘The evil magician slapped at the air as a malicious grin swept across his childish face.’
    sorcerer, sorceress, witch, wizard, warlock, enchanter, enchantress, necromancer, spellcaster, druid, shaman, witch doctor, magus, alchemist
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    1. 1.1 A person who performs magic tricks for entertainment.
      • ‘No major magician claims to be performing anything other than illusions.’
      • ‘You must have seen illusion shows with magicians making people levitate.’
      • ‘Every time the magician did a trick the parrot would ruin it.’
      • ‘And on this ship was a magician, a conjurer, whose function was to entertain the passengers.’
      • ‘After just a few episodes of that show he was being hailed as the next magician and illusionist to enjoy mainstream stardom in America.’
      • ‘The 39-year magician and escapologist has performed in China many times.’
      • ‘A skilled magician and member of the magic circle, Tony is a long way from your cheesy party magician, and knows some top tricks.’
      • ‘The act was part of the ‘magic with a mission,’ performed by the renowned magician from Kerala, Gopinath Muthukad.’
      • ‘He's full of fascinating anecdotes about long since dead magicians and their tricks, many of which appear in his book.’
      • ‘To add fun and colour there are, of course, entertainers such as clowns, jugglers, magicians and singers out and about at the main sites and on the streets.’
      • ‘In one trick, the magician tosses a new deck of cards into the audience, where it is caught by someone, whose name turns out to be Susan.’
      • ‘One of the things that Orson wanted to do was this trick that a magician in the 1930s had done called the ‘Duck Tub’.’
      • ‘The animal-free circus troupe has its roots in tradition, keeping their focus on garish costumes, amazing acrobatics, magicians and clowns.’
      • ‘Card-guessing tricks give a magician the opportunity to show off his or her mind-reading prowess.’
      • ‘The youngsters, who are pupils at Wibsey Primary School, are also young magicians, performing with Simon in a family show called The Jacksons.’
      • ‘Prof. Kamesh is a well-known magician whose tricks are based on a theme.’
      • ‘You should know that a magician never reveals his tricks!’
      • ‘Puppeteers, dancers, and magicians perform nightly on the lawn in front of the theater.’
      • ‘Clowns, magicians and puppets are set to entertain shoppers over the summer holidays, with Basildon's Eastgate Centre starting its summer festival today.’
      • ‘There was even a magician performing some wonderful tricks, unfortunately he had done a disappearing act by the time I turned up.’
      conjuror, illusionist, juggler, prestidigitator
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    2. 1.2informal A person with exceptional skill in a particular area.
      ‘he was the magician of the fan belt’
      • ‘Brazil's football team was heralded as the magicians of football.’
      • ‘The engine has eventually given up the ghost and even the master magicians of mechanics around here say it is beyond repair.’
      • ‘It's the skill of the magician in creating a story the audience can care about.’
      • ‘But Duchamp was a magician in the economy of small gestures.’
      • ‘Maradona admits that he was emotionally dysfunctional from an early age, even though it was soon evident that when he had a ball at his feet, he was a magician, blessed with genius.’
      genius, master, virtuoso, expert, marvel, wizard, maestro
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Late Middle English: from Old French magicien, from late Latin magica (see magic).