prestidigitator


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pres·ti·dig·i·ta·tion

 (prĕs′tĭ-dĭj′ĭ-tā′shən)
n.
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.
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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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prestidigitator

n (form)Taschenspieler(in) m(f)
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References in classic literature ?
But your boss comes in every day as perky and set up as an amateur prestidigitator doing the egg trick.
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.
You will remember as well he was clever, agile, skillful, a chosen one, a prestidigitator endowed with an arrow's vertiginous speed, eyes that were neither large nor small and stirred the air around him.
When Bale's workingclass prestidigitator seethes, 'Secrets are my life!' the audience assumes they know what he's hiding.
There's Picasso, but the Picasso that made a bull from a bicycle, not the clever prestidigitator of papier colie.
Roberts proves himself a trickster, a verbal prestidigitator who recognizes in Tolkien a fellow practitioner of the art.
And in the performances of these magicians, the traditional "How do they do it?" is now addressed not to the prestidigitator but to the computer hack.
A childhood magic buff and amateur magician, Allen has incorporated hypnotists, stage illusionists and touches of the supernatural into many films, including "Alice," "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion" and "Scoop," the last of which Allen himself has aptly referred to as "a trivial little Kleenex of a film." By that measure, his latest is more of a monogrammed silk handkerchief, with Firth smoothly stepping into the role of Stanley Crawford, a celebrated London prestidigitator who performs in yellowface under the stage name Wei Ling-soo and maintains a healthy sideline in debunking sham mystics of all sorts, "from the seance table to the Vatican and beyond."
Like a prestidigitator providing a glimpse behind the curtain to mesmerize viewers further, Scorsese also re-creates the Star Film Company of Melies.
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.
The antipathy that existed between Bisson and Houdini, at least as far as the latter was concerned, was borne out of Bisson's contempt for stage magic and prestidigitators. 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.
When I started with this company, I was challenged to collect a $90,000 receivable based on an NSF check tendered by a magician, "The Great Prestidigitator" (not his real name).