What does the word legerdemain mean?

Usage examples for legerdemain

  1. That had been the instinctive legerdemain of mountain quickness, which even drink had not blunted. – A Pagan of the Hills by Charles Neville Buck
  2. Indeed, falsehood and legerdemain sink the character of a prince. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  3. Could it really be the case that the man intended to perform so audacious a trick of legerdemain as this for the preservation of his power, and that if he intended it he should have the power to carry it through? – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope