An illusionist is a magician, a person who performs stage magic to entertain audiences. The teenager on the sidewalk who does amazing card tricks for tips is an illusionist.

Harry Houdini might be the most famous illusionist, specializing in escaping from what appeared to be impossible situations like being handcuffed and submerged in water. Other illusionists stick to pulling rabbits out of hats and quarters out of kids' ears. The earliest meaning of illusionist was "one who suffers from illusions," though it soon came to mean "one who creates illusions." The Latin root, illudere, means "to mock" or "to play at."

Definitions of illusionist
  1. noun
    someone who performs magic tricks to amuse an audience
    synonyms: conjurer, conjuror, magician, prestidigitator
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    Harry Houdini
    United States magician (born in Hungary) famous for his ability to escape from chains or handcuffs or straitjackets or padlocked containers (1874-1926)
    escape expert, escapologist
    an entertainer who is expert in the art of escaping
    mind reader, telepathist, thought-reader
    a magician who seems to discern the thoughts of another person (usually by clever signals from an accomplice)
    type of:
    performer, performing artist
    an entertainer who performs a dramatic or musical work for an audience
  2. noun
    a person with unusual powers of foresight
    synonyms: seer, visionary
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    (Greek mythology) a prophetess in Troy during the Trojan War whose predictions were true but were never believed
    Michel de Notredame
    French astrologer who wrote cryptic predictions whose interpretations are still being debated (1503-1566)
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    anticipant, anticipator
    one who anticipates
    someone who claims to discover hidden knowledge with the aid of supernatural powers
    fantast, futurist
    someone who predicts the future
    forecaster, predictor, prognosticator, soothsayer
    someone who makes predictions of the future (usually on the basis of special knowledge)
    astrologer, astrologist
    someone who predicts the future by the positions of the planets and sun and Moon
    fortune teller, fortuneteller
    a person who foretells your personal future
    one who practices geomancy
    one who practices hydromancy
    one who practices lithomancy
    one who practices divination by conjuring up the dead
    someone who divines through the interpretation of dreams
    one who practices onomancy
    oracle, prophesier, prophet, seer, vaticinator
    an authoritative person who divines the future
    one who practices pyromancy
    dowser, rhabdomancer, water witch
    someone who uses a divining rod to find underground water
    type of:
    intellect, intellectual
    a person who uses the mind creatively
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