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Homicide detective's magic touch: Using card tricks at work and at weddings

Jana Benscoter

Tapping a box of playing cards on a table while interviewing a suspect, York City Police Detective George Ripley was subtly creating a rapport.

Detective George Ripley, of the York City Police Department, shows his cards at The Green Bean Roasting Co. in York City, Friday, June 9, 2017. Ripley often shares his magic with customers at the coffee shop as well as with those he might interview as a homicide detective. Dawn J. Sagert photo

A few card tricks later, he said, and the individual confessed to a handful of commercial robberies he had committed.

The 44-year-old Manchester Township resident said he folded magic into his professional career shortly after a spate of York City shootings a few years ago.

Read the full story and see video of Ripley's sleight of hand here.