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Handcuff Secrets
by Harry Houdini


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Handcuff Secrets by Harry Houdini

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.

  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
  9. VIII.Safe-Opening Micrometer
  10. IX.Skeleton Keys
  11. X.Cologne Police Sued for Libel
  12. XI.More Lock-Picking Implements
  13. XII.Strait-Jacket Release
  14. XIII.Method of Escape
  15. XIV.Historical Lock-Picking Contests, with James Sargent as the Centre Figure
  16. XV.Handcuffs and their Keys

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