A magician does magic tricks. You might hire a magician to pull rabbits out of hats and do card tricks at your next birthday party.

A performer whose specialty is sleight-of-hand and other illusions is one kind of magician. Another magician is the kind who makes real magic, casting spells and summoning spirits. More people believe in the first kind of magician — who is simply pretending to do magic — than the second. The word stems from the Old French magiciien, "magician or sorcerer," which is rooted in the Greek word for "magical," magikos.

Definitions of magician

n someone who performs magic tricks to amuse an audience

conjurer, conjuror, illusionist, prestidigitator
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)
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performer, performing artist
an entertainer who performs a dramatic or musical work for an audience

n one who practices magic or sorcery

necromancer, sorcerer, thaumaturge, thaumaturgist, wizard
Count Alessandro di Cagliostro
Italian who was famous as a magician and alchemist (1743-1795)
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a sorcerer or magician
exorciser, exorcist
someone who practices exorcism
a magician or sorcerer of ancient times
a woman sorcerer
witch doctor
someone who is believed to heal through magical powers
(Greek mythology) a sorceress who detained Odysseus on her island and turned his men into swine
conjure man, conjurer, conjuror
a witch doctor who practices conjury
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a believer in occultism; someone versed in the occult arts

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