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 for Legerdemain
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Legerdemain \Leg`er*de*main"\ (l[e^]j`[~e]r*d[-e]*m[=a]n"), n.
     [F. l['e]ger light, nimble + de of + main hand, L. manus. See
     3d Leger, and Manual.]
     Sleight of hand; a trick of sleight of hand; hence, any
     artful deception or trick.
     [1913 Webster]
           He of legierdemayne the mysteries did know. --Spenser.
     [1913 Webster]
           The tricks and legerdemain by which men impose upon
           their own souls.                         --South.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
           [syn: magic trick, conjuring trick, trick, magic,
           legerdemain, conjuration, thaumaturgy, illusion,

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