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Lock picking is not only a hobby, but a sport. Competitive lock picking is actually fairly popular, though obviously not overwhelmingly so. There's a subscription box that sends you stuff for a new hobby every couple months, and one month it was lock picks. You can even get clear locks to practice as a beginner.
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Lock picking is not only a hobby, but a sport. Competitive lock picking is actually fairly popular, though obviously not overwhelmingly so. There's a subscription box that sends you stuff for a new hobby every couple months, and one month it was lock picks. You can even get clear locks to practice as a beginner.


I think most of us on here have taken part in a lock pick speed round at some point. Also pretty sure most know of the clear locks - but something that is even better than clear locks (in my opinion) is cut away handcuffs and locks - Ian McColl made cut away handcuffs for his HCMTK which is pretty neat if you ask me. Smile
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I used to work as a janitor/security guard in a furniture factory. I was the only one there all night. I had to clean up, which if I worked fast, would take four hours. I had the rest of the night to kill. I got a book on lock picking and taught myself. I did it just to learn it. What you say about luck is true. Some nights I could pick my way into the vending machine to get a free soda, many nights I couldn't do it. I had a lock picking set. It was a fun way to pass the time.
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Some nights I could pick my way into the vending machine to get a free soda, many nights I couldn't do it. I had a lock picking set. It was a fun way to pass the time.


And steal "a free soda" right? I don't think anyone on this board would advocate doing that even if it was to practice the skill. Today with all the video surveillance you would have been caught and fired. Lock picking has many useful purposes not related to crime. I have many keys for many things and sometimes forget which goes to what. So picking is the only way beside trying a bunch of keys to open the locks quickly. For magic the skill should be obvious although gimmick locks would be a better choice in escapes. As you said picking can be tricky.
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On Nov 20, 2017, Signet wrote:
Some nights I could pick my way into the vending machine to get a free soda, many nights I couldn't do it. I had a lock picking set. It was a fun way to pass the time.


right? I don't think anyone on this board would advocate doing that even if it was to practice the skill.


No I would not... I mean a soda how dishonest......


...... now if you worked in a bank a couple of bricks of $100s would be fine! Just send me one too. Don't lick the stamp as they will get your DNA. Be warned .... always practise safe picking and posting! Don't get caught!!!!

And whilst we are on picking locks in a bank..... my old (and missed massively!) friend Mick Hanzlick once did several bank jobs and never once got caught. Of course, he was breaking in FOR the banks, they bought his services in several times and were always grateful for his excellent services and kindly manner.

Miss you Mick!
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I took a locksmith course several years ago ... and learning to pick locks was the highlight for me.

You'd be surprised how many opportunities come up where having that skillset comes in mighty handy.

And, if I'll admit it, it's kinda cool to have a set of lock picks!

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