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sleight of hand


Then the trucker takes a single card and with sleight of hand makes the card vanish into thin air.
Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  manual dexterity in the execution of card or magician-type tricks
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  • Then the trucker takes a single card and with sleight of hand makes the card vanish into thin air.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Now the truth seemed obvious: his last words had been just another sleight of hand, and his last act was to infect me with nightmares and paranoid delusions that would take years of therapy and metabolism-wrecking medications to rout out.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • He was a lubricous charmer, an obsessive bestower of fetching trinkets and favors, and he performed for his patients, for Sophie, for anyone who would watch, clever little magic tricks and feats of sleight of hand.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • A magician’s sleight of hand.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid

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  • Happiness, you see, is just an illusion of Fate, a heavenly sleight of hand designed to make you believe in fairy tales.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • Then, stooping, he jerked the boy to his shoulders with an ease that looked like sleight of hand.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Of all the wondrous devices and dexterities, the sleights of hand and countless subtleties, to which the veteran whaleman is so often forced, none exceed that fine manoeuvre with the lance called pitchpoling.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • An obliging stranger, under pretence of compactly folding up my bank-notes for security’s sake, abstracts the notes and gives me nutshells; but what is his sleight of hand to mine, when I fold up my own nutshells and pass them on myself as notes!
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • We know that the world is not all sleight of hand and deception because here we are in it, we are part of it.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • It may seem at times as if the professor is either inventing interpretations out of thin air or else performing parlor tricks, a sort of analytical sleight of hand.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor

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  • And with the agility of a monkey, flinging back his hair, tearing off his spectacles, and withdrawing from his nose by sleight of hand the two quills of which mention was recently made, and which the reader has also met with on another page of this book, he took off his face as the man takes off his hat.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It was like sleight of hand, the way she just pulled things from it, like quarters from your ear, or rabbits out of a hat.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • Some verbal sleight of hand, but I am trying to deceive myself not anyone else.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • I had been fascinated by the things he’d shown me, but they were all just sleight of hand, quarters pulled from children’s ears.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • Your idea depends a lot on sleight of hand.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • I am compelled to tell you, my good lady, that this is all sleight of hand.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • It was mere sleight of hand.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • If magicians are the best at sleight of hand, then inmates have to be a close second.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Such is the sleight of hand by which we juggle with ourselves, and change our very weaknesses into stanch and most magnanimous virtues!
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Hazel passed a diamond between her fingers in a sleight of hand.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • Cossomo the Conjurer instructed her in sleight of hand.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • Wilhelmina Wyatt was a magician’s assistant, with a knowledge of sleight of hand.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • His sleight of hand could not make thin air of the pain if, opening her arms to him, she stabbed a knee into his nuts.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • …grinding your teeth in silent impotence to sink into luxurious inertia, brooding on the fact that there is no one even for you to feel vindictive against, that you have not, and perhaps never will have, an object for your spite, that it is a sleight of hand, a bit of juggling, a card-sharper’s trick, that it is simply a mess, no knowing what and no knowing who, but in spite of all these uncertainties and jugglings, still there is an ache in you, and the more you do not know, the worse…
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • "Sleight of hand," said David, smiling.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Josias Aldridge has apparently pulled another sleight of hand.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Cheap hocus-pocus, simple sleight of hand.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
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