misdirection

[mis-di-rek-shuhn]
noun
1.
a wrong or incorrect direction, guidance, or instruction.
2.
Law. an erroneous charge to the jury by a judge.

Origin:
1760–70; mis-1 + direction

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misdirect (ˌmɪsdɪˈrɛkt)
 
vb
1.  to give (a person) wrong directions or instructions
2.  to address (a letter, parcel, etc) wrongly
 
misdi'rection
 
n

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Example sentences
Good misdirection is mostly psychological, with the magician tricking different
  parts of the audience's brain.
Likewise the focus on microbial life, while interesting, is a complete
  misdirection.
Poverty costs everyone money, and so does vocational misdirection.
The bottom line, however, is that the entire theme represents intentional
  misdirection.
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