Prestidigitator

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Prestidigitator

 

a conjurer in the circus or on stage who uses the strength, agility, and flexibility of his fingers and especially of his wrists. He performs tricks using small objects, such as cards, balls, coins, kerchiefs, and ribbons, that appear and disappear in his hands. The term “prestidigitator” was used chiefly in the old circus; today such performers are called manipulators.

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This translation of energy to cash is a dubious bit of prestidigitation at any time and especially so now that the real problem we engineers should be highlighting is potential energy crisis.
Verbal prestidigitation doesn't do enough to describe how one must twist the mind to get around such reasoning.
Real rocket scientists perform mathematical prestidigitation on trading floors where transactions unfold in split seconds.
From no fewer than seven points of view, Wallace examines the life of a chameleon of a man and, in an impressive feat of writerly prestidigitation, looks at one man's search for redemption through the disparate lenses of those who remember him.
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Having been a magician himself since boyhood, an admirer of Houdini, and having been befriended by Bess Houdini as a teen, he is more than qualified to write a life story that sees the blacks, the whites, and the grays of the man whose name is synonymous with prestidigitation.
Their rivals were justifiably outraged at this financial prestidigitation which obviously had the lawyers' seal of approval but broke every unwritten rule of morality, decency and personal responsibility.
It was politics as prestidigitation, and it worked.
The magician performed his prestidigitation only inches away from the editors, using cards, coins, pens, and even cocktail napkins in illusions that left Pete's mouth hanging open.
But aristocratic power quickly separates, the children, and the scene shifts abruptly to an elegant theater in Hapsburg Vienna where an intense Eisenheim (Edward Norton) is delighting the audience with feats of prestidigitation.
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