Thursday, November 1, 2007

Escape Artist Upset With Amateur Lock Pickers

RICHMOND, Ill. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – An escape artist in Richmond, Illinois, is upset that the art of lock picking has become accessible to amateurs.

Houdini wannabe Nino Cruz – who has been mastering his lock picking skills for escapology tricks since he was a kid – says the quality of his craft is being ruined by Internet websites that show “any old amateur” the tricks to picking locks.

Cruz says viral videos of lock picking demonstrations can be viewed by anyone, and warns that leaking the locksmith secret could have dangerous results.

Says Cruz: “Nowadays, any computer geek can learn how to pick a lock and break into someone’s home. If they file the key just right, stick it in a lock, bump it with a wooden spoon, and rattle it, they’ll be able to shake the pin tumblers and open the lock. Burglars could definitely use this trick for evil.”

And Cruz isn’t just worried about the unlocking of the secret, he’s downright offended.

He explains, “I’m angry that Pandora’s Box has been opened, so to speak. I’ve been practicing this trick for years, and at least I do it for fun, entertaining purposes. It’s a secret that belongs to only escape artists and locksmiths.”

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