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Like every great prestidigitator, each respiratory therapist has a bag of magic props.
The smaller, silent half of Penn & Teller is an expert in deception, a prestidigitator who has achieved iconic status by staying very quiet.
They were creatures of sensation taken in by a clever prestidigitator.
Sargent is a prestidigitator, distracting our attention and, unfortunately, obfuscating in the process.
Beauvoir's view of the literary text as 'un tour joue au lecteur' positions the author as creator and therefore origin of the illusion, a skilled prestidigitator who conjures the artifice out of her box of writerly tricks.
As a rule, I wouldn't be paying too much attention to late-season midweek jump meetings - even as a means of disguising my lack of expertise in early-season midweek Flat meetings - but I was glued to the telly last week for the heavyweight dust-up between the Shepton Mallet Shaman and the Pond House Prestidigitator.
Joyce contemporaneously personalized and depersonalized his stories, almost as if he were a prestidigitator who is on stage one minute and suddenly disappears, surrounded in a cloud of smoke, hiding himself in the pocket of a member of the audience, whence he can spy on everything that happens around him.
Little wonder then, that the Operator of the Book presents himself as a Priest, and as the Priest's parodical equivalent, the fumiste prestidigitator, or circus M.
20) In similar terms, Pil'skii condemned the author of The Gift as a prestidigitator, whose verbal rain fell "just like the real thing," and Mikhail Osorgin compared the novel's breach of realist conventions to a bust draped in a dress and exposed in a store window.
The prestidigitator is portrayed as a fraud and a charlatan.
A prestidigitator spinning 90 plates on the top of poles in different directions.
The original members--mathematicians and computer scientists (Claude Berge, Paul Braffort), pataphysicians and renegade surrealists (Luc Etienne, Noel Arnaud), literary scholars and translators (Ross Chambers, Albert-Marie Schmidt, Stanley Chapman), the unclassifiable Marcel Duchamp, and the cofounder, Francois le Lionnais, a chess master, prestidigitator, polymath, and senior scientific civil servant--brought a huge range of skills and knowledge to the basic question and divided their work into two broad categories: first, to find out what else had been done with language in past eras; second, to borrow ideas and approaches from other disciplines of a formal kind so as to propose new ways of working with words.
Cranston-Lane, the renowned biochemist and prestidigitator.