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[muh-jish-uh n]
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  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.
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Origin of magician

1350–1400; magic + -ian; replacing Middle English magicien < Middle French


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2. necromancer, enchanter, wizard.
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  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 magician


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

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