prestidigitation


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prestidigitation

noun conjuring, deluding, illusion, juggling, legerdemain, magic, palming, sleight of hand, sorcery, trickery
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The speaker does not reflect on the logic of this prestidigitation.
Sir Samuel Hoare, nicknamed 'Slippery Sam' for, among other things, his recent ingenious but disingenuous prestidigitation over Indian reform--A.
The truth is that, whatever feats of intellectual prestidigitation conservative thinkers like Kirk may have performed, they bore little relation to the realities of a country with a booming free-market economy.
248) Indeed, "[t]he Supreme Court's social science analysis in these death penalty cases takes on the appearance of a food fight, where the Justices hammer one another in footnotes hurling accusations of prestidigitation, statistical magic, and numerology.
White's The Sword in the Stone (3) we find in the episode of the Gryffindor sword, which Harry unexpectedly extracts from a magical hat in the second volume of the series: it is not so much the magical act in itself (a sword out of a hat may remind the reader, particularly if adult, more of prestidigitation than of magic), but the sudden and unpredictable nature of the event, the simplicity of the trick by which a child may get out of an impasse, together with its association with the idea of being a chosen one: "'Only a true Gryffindor could have pulled that out of the Hat, Harry,' said Dumbledore simply" (Chamber 235, 245).
In the frequently dishonest game of creating political optics, it's always wise to watch what folks are doing with one eye while keeping the other alert for prestidigitation.
This tiny act of prestidigitation ignores quality-of-life factors, especially within the former middle class, which has seen its consumption levels deteriorate, and its wages shrink.
Mesmerized by the Court's prestidigitation, voters might miss the fact that the pea has already been palmed: there is no hidden constitutional reason to uncover.
In search of the Palace of Mystery or Parlour of Prestidigitation, you follow fellow guests up stairways to more stairways, past griffins, turbid oil portraits of turbaned sorcerers, and a skeleton or two.
This week Finance Minister Charlie McCreevey was that chancer and his budget was a perfect example of the art of prestidigitation - sleight of hand to the rest of us.
Brett Sherwood is a graduate of the prestigious sounding Chavez College of Manual Dexterity and Prestidigitation, and newcomers like the American John Lenahan add a bit of freshness to a format that's even older, if that's possible, than Frank Carson and his brand of humour.
Four years later, "White-water" had entered the American lexicon, Paula Jones was in the process of being outed, and professional investors were agog with envy at the First Lady's ability to transform $1,000 into $100,000 via commodity futures prestidigitation.