Many movies and series show people wearing handcuffs picking them using a small hidden piece of metal, like a bobby pin, paperclip, broken glasses, tweezers and more.

Can this be done in real life, with handcuffs that are used by police and other law enforcement agencies?

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    Going solely by the profusion of instructional videos on YouTube, I'd say yes. – user7920 Sep 22 '12 at 17:52
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    I've seen it demonstrated in person by a police officer in "slow motion" (ie, no mirrors, "real" cuffs, etc) - yep. But I have no documented sources – warren Sep 26 '12 at 16:28
  • Should this specify what type of handcuff? How about the rigid in the middle type? or the plastic type? – superphonic Jan 5 '17 at 14:20
  • @superphonic - I'm having a bit of trouble finding an instructional video showing how to pick military handcuffs. But the OP did say, "used by police and other law enforcement agencies." – Mazura Jan 5 '17 at 21:43
  • @Mazura Rigid handcuffs are used by the police here in the UK – superphonic Jan 6 '17 at 11:59

Yes they can. This will show you how. http://www.wikihow.com/Escape-from-Handcuffs

Also, fun fact for you. Most handcuffs use a generic key that you could buy so you would not need to pick them, just unlock them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handcuffs#Keys

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