Done by mirrors - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
done by mirrors
(all) done by mirrors
Done using trickery, deception, or misdirection. Before computer generated effects, fantastic, unbelievable things in movies were all done by mirrors.
done by mirrors and done with mirrors
mod. illusory; accomplished in a way that is purposefully deceptive. He’s not really smart. It’s all done by mirrors. The whole budgetary process is done with mirrors.
References in periodicals archive
You can sit in a dalek, talk like a dalek, make a TARDIS land (all done by mirrors
) and see the TARDIS control room.
He added: "Five years ago, when things took off here, even people in the republic wondered if it was all done by mirrors
or if it was a mirage.
It's all done by mirrors
, you know, this empowerment thing.