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TheHandcuffKing
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Since I hate working in shows with gaffed cuffs, I am present;y working on a pick for the Darby cuff, which is my favourite. The pic slides up inside the barrel around the threaded post, I twist and it grabs onto the post and I give a yank and it opens.

The problem is the pick only lasts for 10 or 12 openings and she breaks, any suggestions for a good , workable material ?

HK
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Ian McColl
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Hi Hk, I was just about to PM you but Riley has beaten me to it. good luck with your new tool.

Ian
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Just a note. A tool passed on to me by another EA would not work in my Darby replicas made in India. Different thread than the UK perhaps (?)
Anyway, just thought I'd mention it incase those are the cuffs that you were using. Good luck!
Cindi
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Where can I find a book, dvd or any other instruction on opening darbys and create the named pick? I would love to do that!

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The Darby was, I have read, Houdini's fav. cuff to work with as far as escapes go. If I had to choose, antique: Towers and Darby. Modern: Peerless 10oz. and Clejuso #12.
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For Houdini, the Darby was (and is still) secure and impressive looking, with little to go wrong, and relatively easy for the EA. Harry still used them when he returned to the US after his rise to fame in UK and Europe.

The Darby and its variants also lends itself very well to tools (I can hardy call them picks) for secret opening without the key. It is also one of the greatest handcuff designs for gaffed cuffs, once the performer has sufficient "audience management" skills to overcome using such equipment.

Houdini's "bridge jumping" set-up of Darby cuffs, leg irons and a padlock would be an "eye-opener" to anyone who shuns the use of gaffed equipment in their performance....an art in itself. (Hint: obtain a copy of "Gimmicked Handcuffs and Restraints" by Ian McColl, and/or the very under-rated "SAS - How to escape from Handcuffs" by David DeVal). Both these books are worth their weight in gold to the working EA.

Arkadia: have also sent you a PM. If you can't obtain the gaff in Sweden just let me know. Ask Tony Parisi or Shawn (X-treme) Ness . . they will tell you how useful this is.

Cindi: The Darby replicas from India are usually very roughly made . . but my gaff will work with those cuffs, too.

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Riley
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