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Long time Guffaw in AZ readers know that, in my youth, I was a magician.   Legerdemain, illusion, sleight-of-hand.  Card tricks.



But one of my childhood heroes was Harry Houdini.  Not only was he a master magician, but he was an escapologist.  Famous for escaping anything.  Especially handcuffs.

I thought it would be so cool to learn how to do this.  And the straightjacket.  Sadly, when my disability developed at age 12,  my thoughts of more physical pursuits went away.

But later, when I got involved with law-enforcement related vocations (P.I. work, process serving, private security) I did acquire some handcuffs.  Not even the industry standards (Peerless or S&W) but a cheap Japanese copy.  Of course, my first take was to learn how to get out of them!

In the real world, escaping from handcuffs is difficult.  Not because they are so difficult to master, but because they are intended for monitored temporary detention of suspects or criminals.  The cops are supposed to be watching the miscreants in transit.  Cuffs are NOT a portable cell, wherein the suspect is to be left alone!

This is how escapologists get away with slipping the cuffs.  No one is allowed to watch what they do.

Mental Floss gives us a method of escaping from handcuffs, at this link.  Of course, bobbie pins aren’t as prevalent as they once were.

But, it just might be a survival skill worth knowing in a police state.

You didn’t hear this from me.


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


6 thoughts on “How To Get Out Of HANDCUFFS

  1. Heh, Houdini was famous for hiding multiple picks on his body, and he was ‘quick’ with them too!

    Posted by Old NFO | September 8, 2013, 7:11 am
  2. It’s a lot easier to shim the rachet than to ‘pick’ the lock. Any piece of thin, stiff material will do it.
    Like a temple piece from a pair of glasses ala US Marshals.

    Posted by KM | September 8, 2013, 12:11 pm

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