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Just Jot It January 25th – Prestidigitation


Funny story: When I saw “prestidigitation” suggested as a prompt by my friend, the lovely Pamela, I have to admit I cringed a little bit. There’s a mouthful, I thought. I wonder what it means? Regardless of my initial reaction, I was looking forward to writing a post on it. It’s a fact that I work better under pressure, at least when writing is concerned. I believe in this fact so much that I forced myself to wait until I was ready to write this post to look the word up in the dictionary. When I did, I had to laugh at myself.

You see, as it turns out I have been writing about prestidigitation quite constantly, quite vigorously, and quite intently, for more than four years without realizing it. My novel, which took eighteen months to write and is on its seventh revision, is about a magician. Prestidigitation means to perform magic.

How did I not know this?!?

So thank you, Pamela. The word “prestidigitation” will find its way into my novel. And that page will be dedicated to you!

Speaking of prestidigitators, you may remember I met a very nice magician last summer and requested an interview with him, both for my own research and to share with the public. I’m quite embarrassed to say I still haven’t managed to use that interview anywhere, but I haven’t given up. I plan to try pitching it to a few more places but, if I’ve had no success by the end of March, I’ll post the interview here. Please look forward to it!

The “Prestidigitation” prompt is brought to you by Pamela at Butterfly Sand. If you don’t already know her, please click on the link and have a read!

JJJ 2016

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Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

38 thoughts on “Just Jot It January 25th – Prestidigitation

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  6. I remember some of those old TV shows mentioning the word, I’m surprised you had to look it up. I haven’t heard anyone use it for a long time. I like it. 🙂


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  11. Heh. I was surprised to see you didn’t know what prestidigitation meant until this prompt, even though you’d been writing a book about a magician for so long 🙂 I was also kind of surprised to see the word turn up, myself. I haven’t heard it used in quite a while.


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  15. I knew the word…comes from “trickster fingers” or “quick fingers”. I remember it from old black and white movies…vaudeville acts. ☺

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  17. Haha! I read your post to discover what it means. It shows that I clearly don’t have children so missed out on Harry Potter. Haven’t read much about magic since Tolkien, Ursula le Quin, Richard Adams and Stephen Donaldson. I’ve got some catching up to do!


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  20. I chuckled as I began to read the post because I knew both the word prestidigitation and that you had been writing about a magician. Fun word!


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  22. I learned this word by watching a Curious George movie. Having children is such an education.


  23. Ooof! I had trouble trying to pronounce this one!


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  25. I didn’t have a clue what it meant either! I shall look forward to your interview with the magician very much 🙂


  26. I had a smirk when I saw this on the list. I rather assumed another Dagmaru reader suggested it 🙂


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  29. hocus pocus, now to focus. It’s amazing what we learn in the cyberverse. Prestidigitation is a lovely word.


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    Looking forward to reading the interview with the magician. Lovely word, Prestidigitation isn’t it. Have a good week Linda. xxxx


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