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12-09-2011, 06:59 PM
Cleveland Plain Dealer
October 1, 1901
12-09-2011, 08:18 PM
What is 'legerdemain'?
12-09-2011, 08:32 PM
Sleight of hand, Tom....like when a magician pulls something outta his sleeve.
It comes from the French phrase leger de main...
12-09-2011, 08:33 PM
Very interesting. Do those French words actually translate to 'sleight of hand'?
12-09-2011, 08:37 PM
In French it means "light of hand"...in this instance "leger" being an adjective
"The hand is quicker than the eye" is a related phrase in conjuring terms
There's quite a bit of other jargon used by magicians and conjurers in describing their actions, props, cards and audience
I think "legerdemain" was one of the earliest terms used to describe a magician's actions and particularly referred to skill in palming coins, cards and other small objects IIRC
12-09-2011, 10:52 PM
Thanks for the info, H and Neems.
12-10-2011, 07:32 PM
I can see quite a bit in that account that could be used for future captions about How LOL
Legerdemain - have you heard of that film called The Pristine? I hope I've got the name right.
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