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prestidigitation

noun conjuring, deluding, illusion, juggling, legerdemain, magic, palming, sleight of hand, sorcery, trickery
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When "Prestidigitator" asked for volunteers to be hypnotized, the law clerk eagerly raised his hand and was invited on stage.
Beauvoir emerges from this excessive resistant reading as less the skilled prestidigitator and executor of a literary deception than the paradoxical victim of the text's very vulnerability to shifts in meaning that she has tried to exploit.
The original members--mathematicians and computer scientists (Claude Berge, Paul Braffort), pataphysicians and renegade surrealists (Luc Etienne, Noel Arnaud), literary scholars and translators (Ross Chambers, Albert-Marie Schmidt, Stanley Chapman), the unclassifiable Marcel Duchamp, and the cofounder, Francois le Lionnais, a chess master, prestidigitator, polymath, and senior scientific civil servant--brought a huge range of skills and knowledge to the basic question and divided their work into two broad categories: first, to find out what else had been done with language in past eras; second, to borrow ideas and approaches from other disciplines of a formal kind so as to propose new ways of working with words.
Cranston-Lane, the renowned biochemist and prestidigitator.
The question has always been whether Stoppard is anything more than clevercleverclever--is he simply a prestidigitator of prose and a joke mechanic, a whiz kid staging fantastically elaborate intellectual collisions as if they were toy-train wrecks?
The prestidigitator moved back to the checkout area and began to work his magic on them.
With his tricks, the prestidigitator invites his spectators to participate in full awareness that they are voluntarily submitting to a deception, like every intellectual construction, in order to experience the pure existence of things as if for the first time.
I'd prefer to believe it was one last rabbit out of the hat of the Findon prestidigitator. It was a case of stamina getting the better of speed in a poignant celebration of old-school, Giffordian values.
Channing Pollock, billed as 'America's Foremost Prestidigitator' was, weirdly, nephew of the American artist Jackson Pollock.
Beck expresses herself in a shorthand staccato, eschewing grammar for immediacy, juggling words like a prestidigitator, reveling in alliteration and contrapuntal dialogue.
A male prestidigitator performs a series of tricks using cards whose backs are blocks of primary colors--the kind of cards Mondrian might have used had he been a sleight-of-hand man--and a younger female assistant tries her hand at a few of the same.
In the midst of this global turmoil, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, UBS, Deutsche Bank, Citibank, JP Morgan Chase, and their ilk--eminent institutions all--are full of dazzling financial prestidigitators. But they are too big to fail and too dependent on government to succeed.