sleight of hand

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sleight of hand

1. manual dexterity used in performing conjuring tricks
2. the performance of such tricks
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And like other forms of theatrical legerdemain, the sheer witchery of it all suspends whatever disbelief you may have left.
Has Burke fooled himself with his verbal legerdemain, or is he merely trying to fool the reader?
But the Eden of lost childhood, childhood imagined, became transformed by some legerdemain of the unconscious to an Eden of the remote past, a magical `once,' rendered wholly benign by the omission, the editing out, of all change, all movement.
On the minus side, it required some fiscal legerdemain, including diverting to the schools, money pegged for tax abatements.
To demonstrate Moore's legerdemain with graphics, Clarke and Hardy bore in on a brief moment in "Fahrenheit," in which an antiwar letter to the editor of Bloomington, Ill.
Muniz calls himself a "low-tech illusionist" - "more in the tradition of Ricky Jay than Siegfried and Roy" - and his legerdemain has the virtue of being both witty and challenging.
As debate of the Worcester city budget for 2008 proceeded in recent weeks, there was much talk from city councilors about the need to do the right thing: face budget reality, safeguard the city's fiscal well-being and make budget choices without gimmicks and bookkeeping legerdemain.
Such legerdemain is critical to Michael Greif's breathlessly paced production, which tackles Bell's brisk writing style by making it even more episodic, chopping one scene from the next with a meat cleaver.
I was drawn instead to the artists who at the time seemed to represent a counterformalism for which I coined the term "post-Minimalism," a bit of journalistic legerdemain that briefly passed for a catchphrase, upon which I sailed by the seat of my pants till "post-Modern" left it in the dust.
By dint of the tax hikes, economic recovery already under way and some bookkeeping legerdemain, the gambit did produce several years of apparent surpluses.
The ever-sharp Jillette, fast becoming the most engaging skeptic of his generation, turns out to be one of Wilson's best guests, recognizing the same yen for legerdemain and trickery in Moore's cinema that he and Teller have long exposed in the per forming magicians' trade.
Even if the administration's 2008 projections include a little built-in fiscal wiggle room, a $21 million gap won't be closed with budgetary legerdemain.