One of the oldest forms of legerdemain or sleight of hand is the shell game, where the trickster places a ball under one shell and mixes them up. This legerdemain or skill used to deceive another is so baffling because one cannot follow the shells quickly enough. Legerdemain or the art of deception has been used to great effect by banks recently in terms of hiding money borrowed on mortgages, and then once again on foreclosure documentation.
Quiz: What is legerdemain?
- It is a momentary lapse in concentration.
- It is a fancy acrobatic trick that delights a crowd.
- It is a highly skilled form of cunning and deceit.