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1. Performance of or skill in performing magic or conjuring tricks with the hands; sleight of hand.
2. Skill or cleverness, especially in deceiving others.

[French (influenced by prestigiateur, juggler, conjurer, from prestige, illusion), from prestidigitateur, conjurer : preste, nimble (from Italian presto; see presto) + Latin digitus, finger; see digit.]

pres′ti·dig′i·ta′tor n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prestidigitator - someone who performs magic tricks to amuse an audienceprestidigitator - someone who performs magic tricks to amuse an audience
escape expert, escapologist - an entertainer who is expert in the art of escaping
mind reader, telepathist, thought-reader - a magician who seems to discern the thoughts of another person (usually by clever signals from an accomplice)
performer, performing artist - an entertainer who performs a dramatic or musical work for an audience


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Plates of meat swimming in gravy were handed round by boys in white jackets, and as they flung each plate down with the quick gesture of a prestidigitator the gravy slopped over on to the table-cloth.
But your boss comes in every day as perky and set up as an amateur prestidigitator doing the egg trick.
is now addressed not to the prestidigitator but to the computer hack.
With his tricks, the prestidigitator invites his spectators to participate in full awareness that they are voluntarily submitting to a deception, like every intellectual construction, in order to experience the pure existence of things as if for the first time.
Paul Daniels @ Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon (Tuesday) * FAIR play to pint-sized prestidigitator Paul Daniels, he's cracking at making things disappear - like the top of his finger for instance.
In her letter of invitation to Houdini, Bisson tells him "I have always refused to admit to my house, an ordinary prestidigitator, or even one of better rank.