Using pejorative adjectives to praise something. Is that possible?

May the adjective 'nasty' be used when you want to to praise something like in the phrase: "He could do some really nasty tricks with those cards", meaning he was really good at that, the tricks he did were really cool. If so, which other pejorative adjectives could be used in place of... show more May the adjective 'nasty' be used when you want to to praise something like in the phrase: "He could do some really nasty tricks with those cards", meaning he was really good at that, the tricks he did were really cool.

If so, which other pejorative adjectives could be used in place of "nasty" in a phrase like this?
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