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Handcuff Secrets

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Handcuff Secrets by Harry Houdini

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Houdini shines in this book. Handcuffs are his passion. He knows every little detail about them and every nuance in their mechanism. Houdini was not a particular good magician, but as an escape artist he is still unsurpassed. Thus, if you would like to know more about handcuffs and their inner workings, this book is for you.

1st edition, 1909, George Routledge & Sons, London; later reprinted by Magico Magazine, New York; 110 pages.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. I.Introductory
  3. II.Opening Sealed Handcuffs
  4. III.Blunders of some Handcuff Exposers
  5. IV.Fake or Spoof Manacle
  6. V.American Manacles
  7. VI.French Letter Cuff
  8. VII.Lock Pickers
  1. VIII.Safe-Opening Micrometer
  2. IX.Skeleton Keys
  3. X.Cologne Police Sued for Libel
  4. XI.More Lock-Picking Implements
  5. XII.Strait-Jacket Release
  6. XIII.Method of Escape
  7. XIV.Historical Lock-Picking Contests, with James Sargent as the Centre Figure
  8. XV.Handcuffs and their Keys

word count: 23880 which is equivalent to 95 standard pages of text

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