I'm a contributor at wikiHow.com and there's this article up for featuring on the home page and Google RSS feed about escaping from handcuffs with a bobby pin. It's based on a video that is all over the Web, but the instructions seem a little vague. Since I don't have a pair of handcuffs to experiment with (and I don't feel like getting arrested just for accuracy verification) can any of you tell me if these instructions are actually helpful? Meaning, can your average Joe unlock handcuffs following these steps? (OK maybe not your average Joe--someone who's inquisitive)
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Harry Houdini's fame began with his ability to escape from handcuffs, becoming known as "The Handcuff King" in Europe. While you might not be seeking a career as an escapologist, you can still entertain your friends with similar tricks. These instructions will allow you to escape from some brands of handcuffs when your hands are in front of you (but this method is impossible if your hands are at your back with the keyhole facing away, as is the case when a law enforcement office makes an arrest). This is a magic trick that you can perform for your friends, if you trust them enough to unlock the cuffs if your trick doesn't work!
1. Used is a Smith and Wesson Model 100 double lock handcuffs.
2.Get a a regular bobby pin that looks like this and pull away the plastic covering on the end so that it will work correctly.
3. Put the end of the bobby pin into the key hole and bend it 90 degrees.
4. Take it out slightly, and bend it the other way, also at 90 degrees. You should end up in an angle shaped just like this:
5. Insert the bobby pin in the keyhole as shown.
6. Bend it down so that the very tip pushes up. This will release the latches that will open the jaws of the handcuffs.
7. If you have a double lock, put the key in the keyhole in the opposite direction, release the double lock, turn it around to release the latches and open the jaw as outlined in the previous steps.
* Use your own set of handcuffs, and buy two sets. That way, you'll have two keys. Make sure that both keys can unlock either set interchangeably. When you perform this trick, use one set, and give the crowd what they think is the only key. Have the second key hidden nearby just in case the people you're performing for (your mischievous friends) decided to go out for burgers once they see your bobby pin broke.
* This may also work on other cuffs that use the standard cuff key, such as Peerless, Hiatt, ASP, and Chicago brand cuffs.
* The pick may break when you're working on the double lock because of the additional force needed.
* Again, this is only for entertainment. If you get arrested it will not work, because the police will have your hands behind your back and the cuffs might be of a brand that this technique doesn't work with.
Sources and Citations
* Escape from Handcuffs Original video by Kipkay. Shared with permission.
1. http://www.fundistraction.com/2007/03/h ... cuffs.html