• Skillful use of one’s hands when performing conjuring tricks.
  • Deception; trickery.

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Example Sentences

“The performer sang a few songs, but his best skills were in legerdemain and magic tricks.”

“A bit of legerdemain can keep my kids entertained while we’re waiting for a table or in line.”

“His legerdemain in filling out the daily inventory reports was soon spotted by his manager.”

Word Origin

French, 15th century

Why this word?

Translated directly from French, “legerdemain” means “light of hand.” It’s a synonym for the phrase “sleight of hand,” which uses the Middle English word “sleghth,” meaning “cunning or skill.” Whichever term you use for your magicians and illusionists, they’re bound to put on a few good (card) tricks. 

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