If you hire a professional prestidigitator for your little brother’s birthday party, you’ll get a performer who uses tricks and sleight-of-hand to entertain the crowd.
The noun prestidigitator is just a fancy way of saying “magician.” You might see a prestidigitator at a party or on a street corner, pulling quarters out of people’s ears and turning rabbits into bouquets of flowers. The noun prestidigitation is another name for the quick hand movements and secret techniques of an illusionist. Both words come from the Latin word for “juggler,” præstigiator.
someone who performs magic tricks to amuse an audiencesee more
United States magician (born in Hungary) famous for his ability to escape from chains or handcuffs or straitjackets or padlocked containers (1874-1926)
escape expert, escapologist
an entertainer who is expert in the art of escaping
mind reader, telepathist, thought-reader
a magician who seems to discern the thoughts of another person (usually by clever signals from an accomplice)
- Harry Houdini