As nouns the difference between trickster and magus
is that trickster
is a mythological figure responsible for teaching others through the use of guile and treason while magus
is (common usage) magician, and derogatorily sorcerer, trickster, conjurer, charlatan.
* Trickster (especially in the sense of the mythological figure)
A mythological figure responsible for teaching others through the use of guile and treason.
One who performs a trick.
An impish or playful person.
A fraud (person who performs a trick for the purpose of unlawful gain).
(common usage) magician, and derogatorily sorcerer, trickster, conjurer, charlatan
(special usage) a Zoroastrian priest
: Note : the two meanings overlap in classical usage— both derive from the Greco-Roman identification of "Zoroaster" as the "inventor" of astrology and magic. The first meaning ('magician') derives from the sense of "practitioner of the Zoroaster's craft", and the second meaning ('priest') from the sense of "practitioner of Zoroaster's religion".