How to Escape From Handcuffs

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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 looking for a career as an escape artist, you can still entertain your friends and family with this trick. This Instructable will allow you to escape from some professional handcuffs when your hands are in front of you.

ATTENTION! This method is impossible if your hands are at your back with the keyhole facing away, as is the case when a law enforcement officer makes an arrest.

Watch the video to see it in action.

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Step 1: What You Need...

1. I used a pair of police grade, Smith & Wesson Model 100 double lock handcuffs. This Instructable may also work on other brands so test them out.

2. One ordinary bobby-pin. Remove the plastic end.

Step 2: How to Do It

Bend the end of the bobby pin and put it into the key hole.
Take it out, and bend it the other way. and you should end up with an angle shape shown in the picture.

Step 3: Unlock the Cuffs

Insert the bobby pin in the keyhole. On the very edge, take the bobby pin and bend it down This will release the latches that will open the jaws of the handcuffs. If you have a double lock, put the bobby pin in the keyhole on the other side, release the double lock, turn it around to release the latches and open the jaw. You've just amazed your friends and audience!



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126 Discussions


1 year ago

It's gone from vegetarian debate to wired Canadian debate and the British debat. WTF!!!


4 years ago

Tried to do this the other day after getting arrested. I got as far as getting my hands from behind me, to in front; needless to say, Not a good idea.


6 years ago

Used this today after getting handled because of a gang holdup, thanks kipkay!

Hate to disillusion you, but as an etymologist ( basically somebody who studies words and their origins) but the word vegEtarian is generally acknowledged as being formed and coming into use in 1839. ie (from the etymology dictionary available online) - irregular formation from vegetable (n.) + -arian, as in agrarian, etc. "The general use of the word appears to have been largely due to the formation of the Vegetarian Society in Ramsgate in 1847" [OED].

The Vegetarian Society, founded in 1847, says that the word “vegetarian” is derived from the Latin word vegetus meaning lively or vigorous.[13] Despite this, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and other standard dictionaries state that the word was formed from the term "vegetable" and the suffix "-arian".[14] The OED writes that the word came into general use after the formation of the Vegetarian Society at Ramsgate in 1847, though it offers two examples of usage from 1839 and 1842.[15]

Also the word Vegetable (from which the word vegetarian is derived) has latin origins ( not native american ) so either your local sioux holidayed in rome or was descended from roman stock is at best very improbable.

vegetable (adj.)
c.1400, "living and growing as a plant," from O.Fr. vegetable "living, fit to live," from M.L. vegetabilis "growing, flourishing," from L.L. vegetabilis "animating, enlivening," from L. vegetare "to enliven," from vegetus "vigorous, active," from vegere "to be alive, active, to quicken," from PIE *weg- "be strong, lively," related to watch (v.), vigor, velocity, and possibly witch (see vigil). The meaning "resembling that of a vegetable, dull, uneventful" is attested from 1854 (see vegetable (n.)).
I have always found it strange that people tend to hijack other languages ( I am fluent in a few ) words for their own purposes.

A recent classic example was someone claiming that the word infidel was a muslim word, while it actually comes from the latin fidelis ( faith ). The person (meathead -lol) who asserted this suddenly realised that his wife who divorced him for infidelity wasn't a muslim but just didn't like him sleeping around.

A Classic example can be take from history with european Christian knights who travelled to the holy land to reclaim it for christ and woe betide any infidel ( muslims in this historlcal case ) who got in their way.

Another example is Hi-Fi short for High Fidelity ( true faith or as the people who coined the term phrased it true sound).

It is also very improbable that any pre industrial society that relied on hunting and foraging (admittedly not impossible) would have a sub culture that existed solely on one food item ( ever been REALLY hungry? after a while you'll eat anything, trust me I've been there.) If they did they would have had to convince the non vegies of the evils of their ways and convert them.

Apart from all of the above I'm buggered if I know what the heck vegetables have to do with hancuffs ( subject of this ible ( I know I know not a real word ) but good luck to you and when you finish grinding your particular axe may it be sharp.


Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

no, canadians say eh kind of like a rethorical thing. " pretty good bacon, eh?" not really a good example but you get the point.

S1L3N7 SWATflio191

Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

Yes, ham IS quite delicious. I don't understand why they call it bacon in Canada though.

BuckweiserS1L3N7 SWAT

Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

:) There is difference between ham and bacon. You can have slice of ham, but pieces of bacon. Same animal, not the same cut/product/packaging

S1L3N7 SWATBuckweiser

Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

I know the difference between ham and bacon. But to me "Canadian bacon" is closer to ham than traditional bacon.

JohenixS1L3N7 SWAT

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

On the British/Canadian use of "Bacon":
Americans call the pork belly Bacon.
American "Canadian Bacon" is pork loin eye, the muscle that forms the eye of the pork chop.
The British call the whole side of the pig 'bacon'. The part closer to the spine is called 'Back Bacon'. (Hence the saying "Eating high on the hog.")

English is a language divided in its evolution into multiple languages.