Archive for January 2008

Brian Spence

Smoke and mirrors is a metaphor for, amongst other things, an insubstantial explanation or description. The source of the saying is based on magicians’ illusions, where magicians make objects appear or disappear by extending or retracting mirrors amid a confusing burst of smoke. The expression may have a connotation of virtuosity or cleverness in carrying out such a trick. Read more »

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