>Show of skill or deceitful cleverness, considered magical by naive observers
>Skilful use of one’s hands when performing conjuring tricks.
>A display of skill or adroitness (means cleverness or skill)
In Middle French, folks who were clever enough to fool others with fast-fingered illusions were described as leger de main literally light of hand. English speakers condensed that phrase into a noun when they borrowed it in the 15th century and began using it as an alternative to the older “sleight (means – Skill / Desxterity) of hand“.
>The magician demonstrated his renowned legerdemain
>Enron case in India is a classic example of management legerdemain
>The reduction of the deficit is due in part to financial legerdemain that masks the true costs of running the Government