Artifice – Clever trick, specially as used to deceive or trick others
The supposed art was a closed fist (artifice) with a magic wand. It was as if it was ready to perform a clever trick on the watching public.
Examples of artifice in a sentence
His remorse is just an artifice to gain sympathy.
The child cheated them with an artifice.
I was pleased when the car salesman did not use an artifice to try and get me to purchase a defective vehicle.