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  • If magicians are the best at sleight of hand, then inmates have to be a close second.†   (source)
  • Happiness, you see, is just an illusion of Fate, a heavenly sleight of hand designed to make you believe in fairy tales.†   (source)
  • Cossomo the Conjurer instructed her in sleight of hand.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Josias Aldridge has apparently pulled another sleight of hand.†   (source)
  • Cheap hocus-pocus, simple sleight of hand.†   (source)
  • In the setting of a bar, a sleight of hand will inevitably attract a curious onlooker or two.†   (source)
  • Hazel passed a diamond between her fingers in a sleight of hand.†   (source)
  • Wilhelmina Wyatt was a magician's assistant, with a knowledge of sleight of hand.†   (source)
  • After exchanging a glance, the three men dipped their spoons into the stew in unison, but for Emile, the gesture was a sleight of hand.†   (source)
  • So, instead, the Count remarked on the young ladies' beauty, inquired what brought them to Moscow, congratulated them on their achievements, insisted upon paying for their wine, chatted with them about their hometowns, and eventually offered to perform a sleight of hand.†   (source)
  • But with this little event of political theater, Khrushchev had performed the perfect sleight of hand—switching out the threat of nuclear Armageddon for the uplifting sight of a city sparkling with nuclear power.†   (source)
  • The horror movies were "sleights of hand in which the fears of the workingman have been displaced by those of pretty girls."†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Then, stooping, he jerked the boy to his shoulders with an ease that looked like sleight of hand.†   (source)
  • Such is the sleight of hand by which we juggle with ourselves, and change our very weaknesses into stanch and most magnanimous virtues!†   (source)
  • It was mere sleight of hand.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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!†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • blame, though again it is as clear as day you are not to blame in the least, and therefore 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 the ache.†   (source)
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