1882 Original Houdini Handcuffs
These Handcuffs are tricked in such a way that you can place them on anyone else and fully lock them and they will not get out without the use of the key. The trick to open these handcuffs without the key is so clever. These Houdini cuffs can be placed on your wrists behind your back and you could be thrown in the water over your head and you could still get out without the use of any key within seconds.
In 1908 Houdini sold these cuffs along with others to a well known bridge jumper by the name of THE GREAT RENO. He was another escape artist and Circus performer in Boston at the time he met Harry Houdini in person. Houdini was just getting out of the handcuff escape act and moving on to other performing ideas because there were just to many other copycat handcuff escape acts at that time. I have used these handcuffs in a performance and they are perfect for dangerous situation demonstrations
Copies of the story written in the handwriting of the Great Reno when he met Houdini in person describing this pair of and handcuff will be given to the winning bidder. The certificate of authenticity is also given to the winning bidder which is photographed.
It's wild to think of Houdini selling a pair of his own tricked cuffs (which sound like a pair of "jump cuffs" -- cuffs used in underwater bridge jump escapes) to an imitator. But if he did, this would have been around the correct time. In 1908 Houdini introduced his death-defying Milk Can escape and was leaving his career as The Handcuff King behind.
The fact that these cuffs sold for this impressive amount tells me there's at least one major Houdini collector who thinks there might be something to this tale.
And who was The Great Reno? Turns out there's actually a website devoted to the escapist at www.thegreatreno.com.