てじな [tejina] – ‘Hand’ (手) plus ‘wares’ (品) gives us the Japanese word for sleight-of-hand. The word 奇術 [kijutsu] is similar to ‘illusion’ and is typically used for larger-scale magic tricks. 魔術 [majutsu] (‘magic’) is a bigger word still, because it can also refer to mystical spell casting in addition to performance magic.
Older Japanese words include 手妻 [tezuma] and 品玉 [shinadama].
Too much to remember? Don’t worry, the Japanese understand マジック [majikku], which is equivalent in meaning to the broadly-defined 魔術.
Words for magician, based on the words explained above.
- 手品師 [tejinashi]
- 奇術師 [kijutsushi]
- 魔法使い [mahouzukai]
- マジシャン [majishan]