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Season 5 Episode 2.

Picking a Lock with a Swiss Army Knife

OK, I just want to be clear. The concept of picking a lock isn’t that difficult. You need two things — something to torque the lock and then something to push the pins up. MacGyver uses his knife to apply torque and the toothpick to push up the pins.

Here is the famous (infamous) MIT lock picking guide.

Mercury Switch Bomb (fake)




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Rhett Allain

Rhett Allain

Physics faculty, science blogger of all things geek. Technical Consultant for CBS MacGyver and MythBusters. WIRED blogger.

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