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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.

Origin of magician

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

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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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