all done with mirrors

all done with mirrors

Done using trickery, deception, or misdirection. Before computer generated effects, fantastic, unbelievable things in movies were all done with mirrors.
See also: all, done, mirror

all done with mirrors

achieved with an element of trickery.
This phrase alludes to the fact that conjuring tricks are often explained as being achieved through the skilful use of mirrors; compare with smoke and mirrors (at smoke).
See also: all, done, mirror
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All done with mirrors WEDGE-TYPE rooms like this can feel dark in the corners (especially away from windows) and can be difficult to dress as a central frame can look off-centre thanks to the wedge shape.
It was a case of being Nothing Like a Dame; I could not resist trying 'a Churchill', outside the Number Ten set, at Granada Studios, in 1993; It was all done with mirrors when I visited an art exhibition at Bodelwyddan, North Wales, and ended up as a decapitated head, above, and my feature extolling the joys of stormy weather found me doing a Singing in the Rain routine, right, outside our office in Old Hall Street
It's all done with mirrors - Not only are we using the old 'mirror above the fireplace' trick to bounce light and increase the feeling of space, we're also going one better by adding mirrored tops to furniture - and alcove - to create an Art Dco feel.
Lagrene plays so fast and yet with such sure articulation that it's easier to believe it's all done with mirrors than to accept that ten fingers and a guitar can do this.
It was, in the finest magic circle tradition, all done with mirrors, writes Roy Briggs.
ALL DONE WITH MIRRORS To brighten up and create a modern, retro-inspired feel we used mirrors to clad a shop bought divan bed and cube bedside tables.
It's all done with mirrors Not only are we using the old 'mirror above the fireplace' trick to bounce light and increase the feeling of space, we're also going one better by adding mirrored tops to furniture - and alcove - to create an Art Deco feel.
If we could grow this blue chrysanthemum in our gardens, I am sure it would be a winner but unfortunately, it is all done with mirrors, or at least dye, and they hail from Naples, writes Roger Clarke.