From singing the national anthem to art and magic, this OCSD deputy is a modern renaissance man

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The deputy walked up to the visitor in the empty courtroom during the noon to 1:30 p.m. lunch break and reached behind the visitor’s right ear. He then produced a large coin. “It’s a penny from your thoughts,” quipped Deputy Joseph Devela, who’s been practicing magic for three years. “There’s big money in magic, see?” Devela hasn’t quite figured out how to make bad guys disappear, but he uses magic to break the ice with people who show up for hearings in the Family Law courtroom he works in at the Lamoreaux Justice Center in Orange. Because the hearings in…


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