Prestidigitator (Dragon Quest V)
|Dragon Quest monster|
Art by Akira Toriyama
|First appearance||Dragon Quest V|
The Prestidigitator is a monster that appears exclusively in Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride. They share the same name as two other monsters in the series and fulfill the same role as basic spellcasters, but they have a different design.
Prestidigitators are humanoid monsters with sickly green skin and spindly, raised hands ready to cast spells. They wear dark green hooded cloaks which cover them from head to toe. Unlike their similarly named cousins, these magicians' faces are visible, having a wizened appearance and their mouths agape which are missing many teeth.
Prestidigitation is more popularly known as sleight of hand, techniques involving quick-hand movement to perform magic tricks with objects such as cards and coins. A prestidigitator is a practitioner of these techniques, the name suiting the monster given its magical talents and emphasized, upraised hands. Legerdemain is another word for sleight-of-hand.