One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘stage magicians practising legerdemain’
sleight of hand, juggling, conjuring, magic, prestidigitation, wizardry, illusion, dexterity
2‘a classic piece of management legerdemain’
trickery, cunning, artfulness, craftiness, craft, wiles, chicanery, skulduggery, deceit, deception, artifice, cheating, dissimulation, double-dealing, artful argument, specious reasoning, sophistry, humbug, flimflam
British informal jiggery-pokery
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