When I was first learning to pick locks, I only had a simple 5 piece (Southord, keep in or take out?) “beginner” pickset with a manual, which I still keep for nostalgia. I learned to pick locks on my childhood front door and a few of the more secure locks in my house, but the process was rough. The first lock I opened didn’t take minutes, or hours, it took days! Now, this was for several reasons: Improper technique in that manual (don’t worry, we have much better teaching materials now), too much tension on the tension wrench, and the fact that I was just north of 15 years old and not equipped with patience yet. I picked locks for 3 years like that, blind. Just by the sound and feel of the pins and picks in my hands. If only there was a way for me to actually see what was going on with the lock!

Have you ever wondered what someone was thinking? I mean, exactly what they were thinking? Imagine being able to see exactly what was going on in someone’s mind, emotionally and logically. To have that ability to pierce the veil of human interaction would make you, not only more skilled in accomplishing your goals, but also a better human being. “Oh, if I do this, I see anger and sadness start to come up… better not do that!” Here at lockpicking.com, that’s a bit outside of our scope (for now…), but there is a man that you might want to look up. His name is Paul Ekman and he has written several books on emotions and lying and how they relate to facial expressions (Link to One). If you’ve ever seen the show Lie to Me, it was based on his work.

But using facial expressions to read minds is like using a magnifying glass you dropped in the mud to look at art. Sure, you might see some things you didn’t notice before, but there’s so much interference that you won’t be able to get much clarity quickly. If you’re less interested in unlocking the doors to the human psyche and more interested in unlocking the doors to… literally everything, you’ve come to the right article. There are a few tools that the best lockpickers use to learn faster and get better than anyone else. The most useful of these tools, second only to a good pickset, is (The Clear Practice Lock from Southern Specialties). The amount of insight that facial expression reading gives you to emotional acuity, which is substantial, pales in comparison to the amount of clarity about lockpicking a clear lock with grant you. There is nothing better than being able to see exactly what you’re doing behind closed doors when you’re learning or honing a skill.

By the time I got my hands on a clear lock, I was well-obsessed with locks and lockpicking, but I just wasn’t very skilled at it. From moment one of me getting my hands on that clear lock, my skill shot up at an alarming rate. I was opening five-pin tumbler locks in about 5-10 minutes. Those numbers dropped to about 1-2 minutes on average. I also learned to link the noises and feeling with what was happening inside the cylinder. My rate of learning skyrocketed. I felt like I had x-ray vision! I could almost see what was happening inside any lock just by touching it. Previously impenetrable locks melted open at my touch, and the world felt that much more open to me too, all thanks to a clear lock.

Here at lockpicking.com, we teach you the skills and give you the tools. We only offer picks and tools that are field and practice-tested by trained professionals and beginners alike. And for a journey into the art that is lockpicking, we wholeheartedly recommend the  Clear Practice Lock for a beginner who has never held a tension wrench (or know’s that you need one! We’re looking at you Hollywood) or the seasoned pro. To really take your picking skills to the next level, you’ll need to look behind the curtain. With the Clear Practice Lock by Southern Specialties, you can do just that!

-Nick Fedoroff
Professional Magician
Lockpicking.com