Legerdemain is defined as trickery or magic, or using your hands skillfully to perform tricks.(noun)
When a magician is quick with his hands and is able to deceive you into believing he is making magic, this is an example of legerdemain.
See legerdemain in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME < MFr leger de main, lit., light of hand < leger (< LL *levarius < L levis, light) + de (< L de, of, from) + main < L manus, hand
See legerdemain in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English legerdemayn
Origin: , from Old French leger de main
Origin: : leger, light (from Vulgar Latin *leviārius, from Latin levis; see legwh- in Indo-European roots)
Origin: + de, of (from Latin dē; see de-)
Origin: + main, hand; see mortmain.
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