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Invited Commentary
May 2018

By Sleight of Hand, Prognosis Determined—Even for Small Choroidal Melanoma

Author Affiliations
  • 1Ocular Oncology Service, Wills Eye Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2018;136(5):488-489. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2018.0196

Sleight of hand, also known as prestidigitation, is a term used to describe a magical trick, often done with playing cards, that requires intense concentration and superior fine motor skills. David Copperfield, a modern-day expert magician well-known for his prestidigitation, began seriously practicing his magic tricks before age 10 years. By age 12 years, his skills were recognized with an invitation to join the Society of American Magicians. By age 16 years, he was an adjunct professor at New York University, teaching a magic course called “The Art of Magic.”

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