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do it with mirrors

1. To do or perform something (especially a magic trick) by using an optical illusion. Everyone was astounded when he appeared to levitate off the ground, but I'm pretty sure he just did it with mirrors.
2. To do something in a highly secretive, illusory, or inexplicable way, likened to that of a magic trick. The military operation was completely unseen, completely unnoticed by anybody, as if they did it with mirrors. The company's CEO managed to swindle his clients out of millions of dollars, doing it with mirrors so that no one would notice the disappearance of the money until it was too late.
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able to fog a mirror

Alive, perhaps barely. (If one holds up a mirror to one's nose or mouth, the breath will cause fog to appear.) I spent the whole day moving furniture, so I'm barely able to fog a mirror now. He'll date any woman who's able to fog a mirror.
See also: able, fog, mirror

smoke and mirrors

Trickery, deception, or misdirection. The candidate has been accused of using smoke and mirrors during the debate to undermine the credibility of his opponent. Before computer generated effects, filmmakers had to use a lot of smoke and mirrors to make fantastic, unbelievable things look realistic in their movies.
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(all) done with mirrors

Done using trickery, deception, or misdirection. Before computer generated effects, fantastic, unbelievable things in movies were all done with mirrors.
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(all) done by mirrors

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

able to fog a mirror

Fig. Inf. alive, even if just barely. (Usually jocular. Alludes to the use of a small mirror placed under the nose to tell if a person is breathing or not. (Able to can be replaced with can.) Look, I don't need an athlete to do this job! Anybody able to fog a mirror will do fine!
See also: able, fog, mirror

smoke and mirrors

deception and confusion. (Said of statements or more complicated rhetoric used to mislead people rather than inform. Alludes to the way a magician uses optical illusion to create believability while performing a trick. Fixed order.) Most people know that the politician was just using smoke and mirrors to make things look better than they really were. Her report was little more than smoke and mirrors. No one will believe any of it.
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smoke and mirrors

Smoke and mirrors are words and actions that are intended to deceive or confuse people, especially by making something seem better than it really is. The president claims that his economic plan is free of the smoke and mirrors of previous presidential budget proposals. Thousands of shareholders learned too late that the company's image of success had been created with smoke and mirrors. Note: Magicians sometimes use smoke and mirrors when they are performing tricks, in order to confuse or deceive people.
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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).
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smoke and mirrors

the obscuring or embellishing of the truth of a situation with misleading or irrelevant information. chiefly North American
1998 Sunday Telegraph Ministers accused the Conservatives of a ‘smoke and mirrors’ con trick.
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smoke and ˈmirrors

used to describe ways of tricking people or of hiding the truth: He said the government had used smoke and mirrors to raise taxes.The commission has declared war on the smoke and mirrors of sales promotions.
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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.
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done with mirrors

verb
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smoke and mirrors

n. a strategy of deception and cover up. Her entire report was nothing but smoke and mirrors. Who could believe any of it?
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smoke and mirrors

Something that deceives or distorts the truth: Your explanation is nothing but smoke and mirrors.
See also: and, mirror, smoke
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1) To see how "fun house" mirrors work, use a large piece of mirrored Contact[R] paper and curve it into convex, concave, and wavy shapes.
(You can also use mirrored Contact[R] paper or smooth aluminum foil backed with stiff cardboard, but these may not provide as bright a result.) Have them use a combination of any type of sparkly sequins, spangles, glitter, bright tissue paper bits, and beads to make a colorful array.
In this scenario, administrators simply use data on the mirrored secondary drive to continue immediate operation with no rebuilding needed.
With SATA mirroring, your system is still online and operational (unless you manage to have an identical pair of mirrored drives fail, which is a very unlikely occurrence).
This Last Block Changed technique not only reduces the amount of data that must be mirrored, but also ensures that both sites will have consistent copies of data between sites, even if the data arrives out of sequence.
* This significantly reduces the amount of data that must be mirrored, minimizing the bandwidth needed between sites and eliminating the problems associated with out of sequence I/O delivery.
Keen to plumb the metaphorical depths of mirrored space, Basualdo drew heavily in his essay from Borges, among others, for brooding and terrifying images of the looking glass.
However, because the iSCSI switch is in the network layer, it can create and maintain mirrored partners/ volumes anywhere within the network, indifferent to traditional physical limitation such as enclosures and distance.
Such solutions require data to be remotely mirrored to a duplicate high-end storage system.
With SAN-based solutions, data is mirrored between two storage arrays rather than between two servers.
When you start the backup or archiving, the mirror is broken and the backup or archiving is now done with the mirrored data.
Remote mirroring is the ability to have the mirrored image located away from the primary data.
Solutions using for example, a 60GB drive to store mirrored data from a 40GB drive, traditionally have turned the backup drive into a "40GB" drive, making the remaining 20GB inaccessible for any other use.
Once data is copied from one disk to another, the production of a duplicate copy is called a mirrored disk drive.