stage·​craft | \ˈstāj-ˌkraft \

Definition of stagecraft 

: the effective management of theatrical devices or techniques

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As far as stagecraft, most of the money seemed to go toward a set of telescoping light rigs that rose from and descended back into the stage in a busy but not-terribly-exciting show of mechanical choreography. Jeremy D. Goodwin,, "At Bon Jovi’s Garden party, the song remains the same," 4 Apr. 2018 How often can magic be used to get out of a tight spot or explain the stagecraft of a murder? Chris Barton,, "'Deception' masters the art of combining magic and the FBI. Or does it?," 9 Mar. 2018 Trump is a consummate showman, and his stagecraft was top notch. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: State of the Union underscores why Trump is his own worst enemy," 31 Jan. 2018 Over the past year, the 34-year-old has demonstrated an uncanny ability to match Trump’s penchant for stagecraft, bombast and propaganda. Eli Stokols,, "Ready! Action! Summit!! Trump and Kim's meeting felt made for the cameras," 12 June 2018 That daring combination of simplicity and dexterity make this an extraordinary piece of stagecraft. The Economist, "On stage, the saga of the Lehman brothers is a parable of America," 12 July 2018 That mirror is not just a metaphor for him, but a matter of stagecraft. New York Times, "Stefan Herheim’s Glittering Collisions Have Changed Opera," 29 June 2018 On Sunday, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened at the Lyric Theatre, casting a spell on showgoers with its two-part saga that combines J. K. Rowling’s unparalleled storytelling with Broadway’s unique stagecraft. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," 23 Apr. 2018 Then, on Tuesday, summit stagecraft signaled a tilt toward full-on diplomatic niceties, portraying the septuagenarian president and the 30-something dictator as equals in the glare of the global limelight. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "Nuclear Niceties: Trump and Kim Share Smiles, for a Change," 12 June 2018

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1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stagecraft was in 1882

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