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Cops watch as 3-card tricksters’ gamble openly in street

PUBLISHED: 18:26 05 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:09 05 October 2010

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Picture: Spencer Griffiths

Emanuele Faja Close up Magician Picture: Spencer Griffiths

Spencer Griffiths

THE notorious three card trick’ was played out in Whitechapel openly in front of cops and council officials. But there were no arrests on Saturday as the street gaming’ activity said to be rife in London’s East End drew crowds in Whitechapel Market

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THE notorious three card trick’ was played out in Whitechapel openly in front of cops and council officials.

But there were no arrests on Saturday as the street gaming’ activity said to be rife in London’s East End drew crowds in Whitechapel Market.

The gamblers’ turned out to be a troupe of actors using street theatre to show how to avoid being conned by the three card trick’ you can never win.

Members of the Arc Theatre group included a magician with a gaming table performing slight-of-hand manoeuvres to expose the con behind the three-card trick’ in the area that police say is a hotspot for illicit street gambling.

Police and officials from Tower Hamlets Council were among the audience handing out information on reporting yobs and tricksters and discussing concerns from the public.

Cops have declared war on street gamblers this week, with three men summonsed by Tower Hamlets council for street gaming offences.

One man appeared at Thames Magistrates’ court today (Thursday) where he admitted running a three disc trick’ in Whitechapel and was fined £415.


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