prestidigitation


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prestidigitation

noun conjuring, deluding, illusion, juggling, legerdemain, magic, palming, sleight of hand, sorcery, trickery
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(ECHO Financial prestidigitation scale would be an ideal next chancellor of the job which may be available sooner than the present would like!
This approach makes the dialogue--so far from the author's usual staccato rhythms--come off as a labored game in which sentences must be constructed to use arcane words (simulacrum, prestidigitation, etc).
But by sheer prestidigitation, a "skillful lawyer" succeeded in "persuading" the Supreme Court into setting aside that finality, thereby junking "wellentrenched jurisprudence"!
in that his first reaction to attack is denial and refuge in semantic prestidigitation."
The question is, will all the promotional prestidigitation keep the boy wizard at the top of his box office class?
(It was typed by critics as exotic magic realism, though Kadare could hardly be called replete with the leavening prestidigitation of the South Americans.) Perhaps because of their accent on the mordant rather than the marvelous, Kadare's next two novels, Doruntine, a grisly folk tale about a dead brother who keeps his promise to his sister, and Broken April, a black valentine to a generational blood feud grinding out of control, were grievously ignored.
Real lovers of action movies prefer more physical rather than facile flights of fancy, and easy-breezy feats of derring-do blithely achieved through digital manipulation and prestidigitation.
He presents himself in his films as a master of prestidigitation who retrieves from the wrecked moral health of his country the possibility that the wolf, the spirit of Soho and Ubu, may find its opposite in an ecology of mutable ethics.
Sorcery and mystical metamorphosis dominate the company's 40th-anniversary season, which will include "The Tempest" and "A Midwinter Night's Dream." In "The Illusion," freely adapted by Tony Kushner from Pierre Corneille's 17th-century dark comedy, the theatrical prestidigitation abounds.
Maybe it was not a case of extra coppers, but an extraordinary piece of prestidigitation. That means sleight of hand.
And there are Gabo's usual magic tricks--a prestidigitation of pelicans, iguana eggs, telepathy, the mules in the mountains with grand pianos on their backs, sewing machines and severed heads .
Hansen has a better future in prestidigitation than manufacturing, though we are expected to believe he's the owner of many viable plants elsewhere.)