legerdemain

(redirected from legerdemains)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.
References in classic literature ?
He already sang as nobody on this earth had ever sung before; he practised ventriloquism and gave displays of legerdemain so extraordinary that the caravans returning to Asia talked about it during the whole length of their journey.
But this kind of logical legerdemain will never counteract the plain suggestions of justice and common-sense.
The king hastened on board, expecting to find his sandal-wood converted into crapes and damasks, and other rich stuffs of China, but found, to his astonishment, by the legerdemain of traffic, his cargo had all disappeared, and, in place of it, remained a bill of charges amounting to three thousand dollars.