Definition of legerdemain:
head game, trickery, deceit, incantation, magic trick, chicanery, sleight of hand, dissimulation, john, joke, magic, hocus-pocus, antic, deception, semblance, fancy, thaumaturgy, conjury, conjuring, misrepresentation, dissembling, whoremonger, chicane, skulduggery, conjuration, put-on, hanky-panky, illusion, delusion, subterfuge, sleight of hand, jiggery-pokery, caper, invocation, phantasy, conjuring trick, fantasy, prank, whoremaster, prestidigitation, fast one, performing arts, gamesmanship, artifice, wile, jugglery, trick.
That brought him down off his high horse- that is, mule- and I sent the deputy in with him with directions to toss his clothes out to me, for I wanted to keep my eye on Miss Cullen and her brothers, so as to prevent any legerdemain on their part.- "Master Tales of Mystery, Volume 3", Collected and Arranged by Francis J. Reynolds.
There are men, calling themselves conjurors, who perform prodigies of agility with coins, playing- cards, and other articles of legerdemain, but they are not so quick as was Trowbridge in springing sidewise from the menacing snake.- "Hidden Gold", Wilder Anthony.
The high official who took them through, lingered over the process, busy as the morning was, all for the beaux yeux of Elizabeth; and they left him pondering by what legerdemain he could possibly so manipulate his engagements that afternoon as to join Lady Merton's tea- party.- "Lady Merton, Colonist", Mrs. Humphry Ward.