Wednesday, July 20, 2005


Sleight of hand, prestidigitation, the art of seeming to do something while everyone looks on as you misdirect their attention so you can retrieve something you concealed up your sleeve or behind your back. It's a fascinating art form and requires a manual dexterity most people do not have. It's magic. Or is it?

How can anything done in full view be hidden?

It can't. Not if you're looking at it. Forget the razzle dazzle and pay attention to what is really going on and you will never be surprised.

It's like life.

Perform a little prestidigitation with the truth and eventually the trick will be discovered. It always is. That's the thing about lies -- they will come back to bite you when you least expect it.

Prestidigitating prevarication. New term of the day.

See it.
Read it.
Use it in a sentence but don't use it for yourself or it will bite you in the end.

As my landlady says, "Have an excellent day."

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