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All done with mirrors an apparent achievement with an element of trickery, alluding to explanations of the art of a conjuror.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, Who is the fairest of them all? in the early 19th-century translation of the Grimm Brothers' Fairytales, the customary invocation of Snow White's wicked stepmother, which in due time received the reply that Snow White rather than herself now held the palm of beauty.

See also smoke and mirrors.


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