magician

Definitions

  • The magician's wife whistles to the parrot
    The magician's wife whistles to the parrot
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n magician someone who performs magic tricks to amuse an audience
    • n magician one who practices magic or sorcery
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You should not have tried to run away from me, said the Magician You should not have tried to run away from me, said the Magician

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The magician's words "hocus-pocus" were taken from the name of a mythological sorcerer, Ochus Bochus, who appeared in Norse folktales and legends.
    • Magician An entertainer who produces seemingly magical effects by clever illusions; most magicians admit that the craft is mere illusion, rather than a true supernatural art.
    • Magician One skilled in magic; one who practices the black art; an enchanter; a necromancer; a sorcerer or sorceress; a conjurer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An eighteenth-century German named Matthew Birchinger, known as the little man of Nuremberg, played four musical instruments including the bagpipes, was an expert calligrapher, and was the most famous stage magician of his day. He performed tricks with the cup and balls that have never been explained. Yet Birchinger had no hands, legs, or thighs, and was less than 29 inches tall.
    • n magician One of the Magi or priestly caste of ancient Persia.
    • n magician One skilled in magic; a wizard; an enchanter; a conjurer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Magician one skilled in magic: a wizard: an enchanter
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Quotations

  • Ouida
    Ouida
    “Familiarity is a magician that is cruel to beauty but kind to ugliness.”
  • Charles Dickens
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    “Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.”
  • James Weldon Johnson
    James Weldon Johnson
    “Labor is the fabled magician's wand, the philosophers stone, and the cap of good fortune.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. magicien,. See Magic (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. magique—L.,—Gr. See Magi.

Usage

In literature:

He recognizes his importance as a writer, but abhors him as a magician.
"The Apologia and Florida of Apuleius of Madaura" by Lucius Apuleius
It is a curious fact that throughout the middle ages, the Roman poet Virgil was commonly believed to have been a great magician.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
He entertained them most sumptuously, and the merriest of the guests was the chief of the king's magicians.
"Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends" by Gertrude Landa
And the magician who had no name looked through the magnifying-glass.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Now the soldier did not know that these men were the magicians that had enchanted the princess, his wife.
"Stories to Read or Tell from Fairy Tales and Folklore" by Laure Claire Foucher
Send for my wise men, my sorcerers and my magicians.
"The Works of Theophile Gautier, Volume 5" by Theophile Gautier
Magicians, prophets, ascetics, and saints are credited with such powers in early and later times.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
Now, of course, the thing to do is to find the wicked Magician.
"The Magic World" by Edith Nesbit
After some years he met with a famous Eastern magician, and asked for his advice in the matter.
"The Yellow Fairy Book" by Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
You see how easy it is for actors and magicians to eat, even on a desert island.
"Joe Strong on the Trapeze" by Vance Barnum
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In poetry:

I have more than my one death
to attend to
there is a sickness about
and the magician has vanished
"Train" by Ken Smith
And they were all magicians,
Possest of mighty art,
Who freely read the Runic,
And knew the rhyme by heart.
"The Heroes Of Dovrefeld (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
Thou, Nature, that magician be,
Restore each dream that taught the boy,
That warm'd his hope, that made him free,
While wisdom took the shape of joy;
"Flight To Nature" by William Gilmore Simms
Even while the visionary glories shine,
And Fancy smiles to find them in her eye,
Lo Death, the dread magician, gives the sign,
And all the airy charms for ever fly.
"Time: An Elegy. Written Near The Ruins Of Elgin Cathedral" by Robert Alves
Say, gentle Sleep! that lov'st the gloom of night,
Parent of dreams! thou great Magician! say,
Whence my late vision thus endures the light,
Thus haunts my fancy through the glare of day?
"Elegy XXII. Written in the Year ----, When the Rights of Sepulture Were So Frequently Violated" by William Shenstone
He shook his head. "I came because I longed to see thee so;--
And Pharaoh reads the chart of stars while time goes creeping by,
Or he sits in weary silence--or paceth to and fro.
Since he banished the magicians, all fear him--all save I.
"In Egypt" by Virna Sheard

In news:

He said he and two other magicians expected to be interviewed and perform magic on the programme.
Children of all ages are invited to experience Christmas magic when magician Tim Angeloni comes to the Roxy Theatre in Minerva at 2 pm Saturday.
He and two other magicians expected to be interviewed and perform magic on the local program.
In a widely viewed video that a member of the magician 's crew captured on his IPhone and posted online, Barazarte is seen trying to pat Houchin's head after it is set on fire.
Magician mistakenly set on fire.
An American magician is recovering in the Dominican Republic after being set on fire on a live television show.
A video posted on YouTube of a TV show host setting fire to a California magician 's head is going viral.
But the magician said it was no act.
Magician set on fire on TV: It was no act.
Talk about a hot magician .
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A magician from the United States is getting medical treatment and pursuing legal action after the host of a TV show in the Dominican Republic set him on fire in an apparent stunt.
Magician 's assistant Huntley dead at 106.
I hesitate to refer to him as a magician , although he's won awards like the New York World Cup of Magic and the World Magic Award for Best.
Magician 's Lawyers Say Claim False.
Bill Clinton may be the best politician of his generation, but Barack Obama is one of the greatest magicians of all time.
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In science:

Already in early 80 ’ s, a very rich information has been accumulated on subtle structural transitions of anion orderings (AO) (Moret, Pouget, Ravy, et al), but these “ gifts of magicians” were left beyond the attentions of the community (even by the 20 years’ anniversary design of the “ universal phase diagram”) .
Summary for Theory of the Ferroelectric Phase in Organic Conductors in Relation to Experiments
Anyone who hasn’t heard that muggles are non-magicians in the series of novels centered on Harry Potter probably isn’t going to like this review very much anyway.
Astrophysics in 2006
This demonstration is an ideal magic demonstration since it is traditionally performed by magicians and fakirs.
Physics Magic
We describe a famous magic trick which can be found in many magic treatises; see, e.g., , , , . A magician asks you to choose two integers (not too complicated since you will have to compute several sums) in your head.
A trick around Fibonacci, Lucas and Chebyshev
Add them and write the result for instance on a paper that the magician does not see for the time being.
A trick around Fibonacci, Lucas and Chebyshev
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