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Fortunato Luchresi

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Semantics and rhetoric. Me? I am a magician. By that I mean that use a combination of sleight of hand, subtlety, and storytelling to exploit exploit certain deficiencies in the human brain, thereby creating entertaining illusion. Magic as in paranormal or supernatural manifestations of phenomena caused by spells, charms, invocations and such? There is no evidence to support its existence.

I will note that Genii Magazine is subtitled The Conjuror's Magazine, so there are are those who do, or did, agree with your label.

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The origin of "conjure" in Latin is "take an oath together; conspire".  In Old French it meant "plot or exorcise" (we begin to see the magical interpretation here).  Regardless of origin, it seems that in modern English the word means both "do something by magic" and also "do something as if by magic"

(Thanks to Google for the etymology)
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Where I grew up, in France, we used to say “prestidigitateur” i.e. prestidigitator. It was quite a trick to be able to say it without stumbling, so we would short it to “presti”.

Anywhere else I say magician as nowadays most people are well aware of megastars like Penn & Teller and know what it means.

I find the term conjurer and conjuring too near to its origins of sorcery (casting spell and  summoning of spirits by invocation - in French) for comfort.

A short anecdote: when I first read in English the Erdnase section on magic, I had no idea how to pronounce “legerdemain” which means sleight of hand. It’s only much later that the penny dropped and realised that “leger.de.main” was French for “light of hand” and so a clue to its pronunciation. That was before the advent of Google, of course. I have heard one person call himself "legerdemainist" - sounds barbaric to me [wink]

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How about legerdemaniac?
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Paul Daniels is a Conjuror.
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Anthony Vinson

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Originally Posted by Robin Dawes
How about legerdemaniac?


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