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.
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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.
See also: by, done, mirror
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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.