How to open handcuffs without keys

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How to open handcuffs without keys
Handcuffs are devices used to restrain an individual's wrists (handcuff image by Marek Kosmal from

If you've lost the key to your handcuffs or if you want to perform a handcuff escape trick, you can unlock the handcuffs without using a key. There are several ways to unlock handcuffs. However, one of the ways to unlock them is to use a hair clip, which is a simple process. The following steps will show you how to use a hair clip to unlock your handcuffs.

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  • Hair clip

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  1. 1

    Peel away the plastic tip covering at the edge of the hair clip.

  2. 2

    Open the hair clip in an "L" shape. Then insert the end of the pin into the key hole. Bend the pin one way. Take the hair clip out, but not completely, and bend it the opposite way. You should end up with a small angle at the end of the hair clip when you completely remove it from the keyhole.

  3. 3

    Slide the hair clip with the small angle into the keyhole. Bend the pin down at the very edge. The ratchet of the handcuffs should release and the handcuffs open. If the handcuff is double locked, push the hair clip on the other side then turn the pin around to release the latch.

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