By Trine Tsouderos
September 25, 2008
Give Eric Michaud a can of beer (Guinness works best) and a pair of
scissors and he can open just about any garden-variety padlock in
This is how: During a recent interview at a North Side bar, Michaud, a
prominent lockpicking hobbyist (you read it right), cut the top and
bottom off a can and carved a wavy M-shape out of the middle. He then
folded and refolded it in such a way that it could be inserted between
the lock and the shackle. A twist and voila! The lock popped open.
Making shims (as they are called in lockpicking circles and yes, there
are lockpicking circles) like these are the source of a little lock
pickers' humor, explained Michaud, who is 26, a co-founder of The Open
Organization of Lockpickers US (TOOOL, for short) and who is famous,
among global lock pickers, for his finesse in making lockpicking tools.
"We say, if you have a soda can next to a few pickers at work, you might
want to upgrade your security."
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