prestidigitation

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prestidigitation

noun conjuring, deluding, illusion, juggling, legerdemain, magic, palming, sleight of hand, sorcery, trickery
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Prestidigitators doing card tricks even call it a "force" when they get you to make the choice that they want.
Priscilla's character derives from Hawthorne's notes on his experience at Brook Farm and his familiarity with occult performances of prestidigitators, ventriloquists, thaumaturgists, and traveling conjurors.
THE PRESTIDIGITATORS were cruelly reduced to a solo act by an unyielding synthesiser, but The Prestidigitators-one summoned up his gods of rarrrrr to drive out all the demons from the Georgian.
That's a pity, because despite their wide travels, these prestidigitators have lost none of their unique appeal.
The Catholic church hierarchy battled the lay conviction that priestly benediction of multiple wedding rings also preserved new couples from malevolent magic by stipulating that clergymen officiating at church weddings could bless no more than one ring for each partner.(74) The provincial church council of Tours (1583) and diocesan assemblies at Evreux (1606 and 1621) anathematized all brides and grooms who, as a subterfuge to ward off nouements and other evil charms, conspired to cause their rings to fall on the floor before placing them on their partner's finger.(75) Priests received orders to inform such credulous "prestidigitators" that they profaned holy altars and courted damnation with such futile tricks against the nouement.