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wife, Tonie, a teacher at Los Alamitos Elementary School in San Jose, eat it all up. Now, he uses magic to bond with residents and leaders of Campbell, which is protected by Finch’s force of 41 sworn officers and 28 other staff members. You will find Finch performing at school assemblies, community events and even official city meetings, dazzling people with such classic tricks as multiplying sponge balls and linking and unlinking supposedly solid rings of steel. He also performs while serving as emcee at such functions as the annual Santa Clara County Dispatcher of the Year award banquet, held in April. “In law enforcement, our job is to solve mysteries,” Finch says. “As a magician, we spend time creating mysteries.” Chief Has a Few Tricks Up His Sleeve But he’s sawed a woman in half, put back together a shredded newspaper, and performed thousands of other illusions and tricks that continue to amaze colleagues and residents of this Silicon Valley city of about 40,000. 26 | Behind The Badge Finch says he may retire from the Campbell PD in 2016, after which he plans to become a professional magician and go on the speaking circuit to talk about “The Magic of Leadership,” incorporating illusions and tricks into his presentation. Chief Trick. • Still no word on whether he will perform there under the nickname he currently uses: “In law enforcement, our job is to solve mysteries... As a magician, we spend time creating mysteries. ” He got into magic after seeing a neighbor perform. After honing his skills mostly doing parlor tricks (performing for small audiences), Finch had to put magic on the back burner for several years because of school and work. It wasn’t until 2000 when Finch, who was born in New York but raised in California since the age of 11, picked up the craft again in earnest. He used to drive his three children crazy practicing at home but now his daughters (19, 16 and 12) and “In both cases, you have to make clear, good decisions. There are parallels between how people view you as the person who makes the decisions and comes up with the solutions.” “People’s expectations of a Police Chief are for him Now 48, Finch has spent his entire 26-year career as a cop with the Campbel  ??X?H\??Y[??YY??[??H ? K????[?? ??]?\?\?H?[ZK\??\??[?[XY?X?X[??]?[??\???YY?[??HY?H L?8?$??][???????'\?H?YY??H\?HH8?&???8?&H?H\\?Y[? B?X?\?[?[XZ?\?[?[H???\?\??[?K8?'H?[????^\?8?']8?&\?H?[YH??XY?X?X[???[?[^Y\?\?H?[?K??'B??H[???X[\???[?[??HX]\??[?[??\?X?\?Y[?]??Y?XY?X?????\??[?[Y?\?H?]\?\????H]?[????[Y[? ???[?H???[?XZ?HH]?[??\???Z[??XY?X?\?[??&]^X?H??[[?8?$???^[\K]8?&\??ZY]?\?H\?H[?H?[??[?XY?X?X[??[?H?? ?[???X[?H[?H]?H???H??Y[????\?B??[????H?Y\?H?[Z[\?]H?]?Y[??Z[??HXY?X?X[?[??H?X?H?YY?????[???[??Y\??]?]??X????\??[\?[???XY?Y\???Y][Y\?\?[??YY][?????X?\???[?\??[H?\???K??[????Y][Y\??[?Y?K??]x?&\??\?Y?[??Y\\???H?\\?]H???H\???\??[?????Y??[??\?\?[[?[?XY?X?????X???]\???[][?]B??[\?[?X?H?YY??Y??[???[??&]XY?X?[B?XZ?H?[YH\?\X\?????\???H?YY?K8?'H?[???^\????YY??Y??[??????[?? ? L???????