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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Thing To Do Today: prestidigitate.

Hey presto, and your digits have done it!

That's what prestidigitating is, as long as what your digits do is magic. Playing The Minute Waltz in fifty four seconds doesn't count, and neither, strictly speaking, would playing it even in twenty four seconds if you did it with your toes.

So tap-dancing doesn't count, either. Or shop-lifting.

But how do we do magic?

Well, like this:

Have fun, and good luck!

Thing To Do Today: prestidigitate. This word comes from the Latin preastigiae, feats of juggling or tricks. The word was probably nudged into its present form by association with the French preste, which means nimble. and the Latin digitus, finger.

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