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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"Prestidigitator" blurted some expletives and chased our law clerk into the men's bathroom.
It was clearly an act of group hypnotism, which quite a number of prestidigitators can also easily and breezily pull off-but, what about the individual factor?
The stage was dark and sliced only by a single beam, because of the light they turn on at the front of the stage when the show is over, which they call the "ghost light." And in this darkness, on this stage, in this fairly sinister blackness, two Chinese people were repacking their luggage, like us, the diminutive and fragile luggage of prestidigitators, consisting of a few boxes, stacked together, of artificial flowers, and their yellow faces expressed an incurable melancholy.
through a shot of postmodernity--Perlongher, Lauterbach, German Belli, Bernstein, Palmer--to strident polyphony; a universe abandoned by prestidigitators at the top of their form breaks at nightfall in the mouth of a wingless angel, but what would you
FRIDAY Award-winning prestidigitators Barry and Stuart, stars of The Magicians, will dazzling Town Hall audiences with their sleight of hand in the first half.
Flea circuses, bearded ladies, talking automata, prestidigitators, ventriloquists--all of them provide me an exquisite delight that no doubt bespeaks some deformity of my own character.
Usually the "prestidigitators" who raise their fingers too much do not produce a nice sound.
Making objects and people vanish or turning them invisible is play, fun, cleverness, as the long and abundant history of payments to travelling prestidigitators attests.
The greatest of prestidigitators would be hard pressed to deflate and inflate the same balloon simultaneously, and such accomplished masters of legerdemain are seldom found running the major financial organs of the U.S.
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.