a conjurer or magician who creates illusions, as by sleight of hand.
an adherent of illusionism.

Origin of illusionist

First recorded in 1835–45; illusion + -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for illusionist

Contemporary Examples of illusionist

Historical Examples of illusionist

  • He may be an illusionist pure and simple and does not indulge in sleight-of-hand at all.

    Indian Conjuring

    L. H. Branson

  • The imitative or "illusionist" picture pleads its case most plausibly.

    The Enjoyment of Art

    Carleton Noyes

  • That my Brahmin guide was a hypnotist and an illusionist, I have since thought.


    Sax Rohmer

  • The man of sense is the visionary or illusionist, fancying things as permanencies, and thoughts as fleeting phantoms.


    Amos Bronson Alcott

  • Archæological accuracy is merely a condition of illusionist stage effect; it is not its quality.


    Oscar Wilde

British Dictionary definitions for illusionist



a person given to illusions; visionary; dreamer
philosophy a person who believes in illusionism
an artist who practises illusionism
a conjuror; magician
Derived Formsillusionistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for illusionist

"conjurer, magic act performer," 1840, from illusion + -ist. Earlier "one suffering from illusions" (1812).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper