It was for all the world like the performance of a prestidigitator.
Such a prestidigitator as Signor Fantoccini has only to say—Presto!
A prestidigitator who, putting metal into your mouth, pulls coins out of your pocket.
It passed before Flora's eyes like a prestidigitator's trick, so rapid as to seem unreal, and left her staring.
After assuring himself that the coast was clear Sube drew back his sleeves in imitation of a prestidigitator.
At all these performances there are always amongst the spectators persons in league with the prestidigitator.
There appears to be no affinity between the prestidigitator and the theatrical manager, yet they both make passes.
Verily, love is a prestidigitator who can change the lion into the lamb as easily as a handkerchief into a flower-pot!
1843, from French prestidigitateur, a hybrid coined 1830 by Jules de Rovère (who sought a new word, "qui s'accorderait mieux à ses nobles origines" to replace escamoteur and physicien), roughly based on Latin praestigiator "juggler" (see prestigious); influenced by Italian presto "quick," a conjuror's word (see presto), and by Latin digitus "finger" (see digit).