York police detective uses magic to help solve cases

YORK, Pa. (WPVI) -- A police detective in Central PA has some unorthodox methods for getting information on cases.

Detective George Ripley of York takes magic with him wherever he goes.

He also brings a deck of cards inside the interrogation room to lighten the mood with a victim, witness or even a suspect.

"Information is the goal, that's most important. Smiles are a bonus," says Ripley.

Ripley says he started doing magic when he was 16, as a hobby.

He brought a deck of cards and his tricks to work about two years ago as a way to relieve stress.

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