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  1. prestidigitation, sleight of handnoun

    manual dexterity in the execution of tricks


  1. sleight of handnoun

    The required digital dexterity behind magic tricks and illusions.

  2. sleight of handnoun

    A performance of such skill.


  1. Sleight of hand

    Sleight of hand, also known as prestidigitation or léger de main, is the set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins secretly. Sleight of hand is not a separate branch of magic, but rather one of the means used by a magician to produce an effect. It can be contrasted with the flourish, where the magician intentionally displays skills, such as the ability to cut cards one-handed, which is akin to juggling. Advanced sleight of hand requires months or years of practice before it can be performed proficiently in front of spectators. Sleight of hand is mostly employed in close-up magic, but it can also be used in stage magic. There are hundreds of different sleights at the performer's disposal, but they can generally be classified into groups such as switches, changes, and others. There are several stories about magicians using sleight of hand in real life, such as when American illusionist David Copperfield said he used sleight of hand to fool a mugger into thinking he had nothing in his pockets while carrying a cellphone, passport and wallet.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sleight of hand in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sleight of hand in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of sleight of hand in a Sentence

  1. Brigitte Amiri:

    The state's bureaucratic sleight of hand is fooling no one. This is an attempt to ban abortion in Kentucky, plain and simple. We are fighting to keep this from happening.

  2. Kate Bedingfield:

    It's impossible to pay for Medicare for All without middle-class tax increases, to accomplish this sleight of hand, her proposal dramatically understates its cost, overstates its savings, inflates the revenue, and pretends that an employer payroll tax increase is something else.

  3. Katie Hobbs:

    This statutory sleight of hand is set to expire at the end of my term, leaving no doubt that this was prompted by my efforts to protect the freedom to vote and because they did not like the outcome of the Presidential Election.

  4. Brad Adams:

    Thailand's friends abroad should not be fooled by this obvious sleight of hand by the junta leader to replace martial law with a constitutional provision that effectively provides unlimited and unaccountable powers.

  5. Justin Amash:

    Barr's misrepresentations are significant but often subtle, frequently taking the form of sleight-of-hand qualifications or logical fallacies, which Attorney General Barr hopes people will not notice.

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