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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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That audience serially enjoyed many kinds of art, varieties we now call high as well as those we think of as so low we no longer call them art at all prestidigitation involving playing cards and a hot leg of mutton, for example.
Despite the ghoulish, Anne Ricey atmosphere, the feats of prestidigitation he presents are mostly standard versions of classic tricks.
Sukowa has been well tutored in the art of prestidigitation, floating handkerchiefs in midair and producing fans of playing cards, but the warm family attachment is simply not in evidence.
In the tradition of such hand-print photograms Rosalind Krauss has read an atavistic need to leave a direct bodily trace, as well as an assertion of an artistic prestidigitation that exceeds the powers of the eye.
Yann LeCun, Facebook's head of AI research said on a recent tweet "This is to AI as prestidigitation is to real magic" in reference to Hudson's Sophia.
On se souviendra, dans ce sens, de la mascarade dont fut l'objet la chambre des conseillers, lors du surpeuplement hybride d'une formation politique qui, a peine pondue et sans avoir jamais pris part aux elections au prealable, s'en trouvait au sommet, comme s'il d'agissait d'in tour de prestidigitation. D'autres grignotaient, par-ci, par-la, des epaves volantes, a la recherche de vain prestige.
There is some prestidigitation as Oz attempts to tamp down anxiety and reflexive countermeasures in the West, stoked by polarizing commentary about a clash of civilizations.
Fue hecho a imagen y semejanza de las necesidades del PRI--gobiemo como un acto de prestidigitation para simular, no para cambiar el grave problema de corrupcion que se ve en todas partes con todo y su INAI y su SNA, que solo cumplen su papel en este teatro de la ilusion.
This criminal planned ignorance has strengthened the hands of prestidigitation, hocus-pocus, shame palmistry and illusion practicing people who weaken the superstitious' faith and make their belief weaker, deprive them of their valuables.
Dance features an Ifd priest Agboreko whose prestidigitation appears
Die-hard fans of the mysterious world of professional prestidigitation will be fascinated, while those more casual observers will simply be amazed at the feats accomplished here.
He is a graduate of the Chavez College of Manual Dexterity and Prestidigitation, an award-winning professional magician and storyteller, Victorian sance re-enactor, former card cheat, ex-casino surveillance, occasional author, magic historian, and magic consultant for the movie "Ali," starring Will Smith.