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nucinud
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I live in New York City now. I was told Handcuffs and Thumbcuffs are illegal to own. Is there a special license I can get or need to have to use them in my act? Thanks in advance, Harry
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Hi Harry.

Sounds like a question for a lawyer rather than a chat room. Not being awkward or shooting you down - I just wouldn't trust the people on here with such an important question. Well, maybe I would. Also, I can't think of anyone on here from NY.

I know that in the UK it's illegal to carry knives over a certain length. But I do knife throwing and there is a club called KATTA UK. We have a membership card and on it is some blurb for the police.

Id checks with the police too. I was once stopped for fire breathing in Coventry one evening. But that's a story for when I have more time!
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I spent the first 26 years of my life living in NYC. I never heard of this, and yet...

https://law.justia.com/codes/new-york/20......147.html

This New York judicial code says different.

I have the feeling that if you are a magician, this is the kind of law no one would pay any attention to.
Probably the same for consenting adult play.

When I was a teenager in the 70's, many of the shops that catered to illegal use of marijuana, and they were everywhere, also had these item openly displayed in the window or the display cases.
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You can just call them "toy cuffs", which are allowed under the law, and prove it in a challenge by showing how easily you escape from them. They MUST be toy cuffs! I note that they never got around to banning plastic cinch cuffs, which means Al-Quadir's "Ins and Outs of Plastic Cuffs" can still be used in the Big Apple.
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On Jun 9, 2020, jimgerrish wrote:
You can just call them "toy cuffs", which are allowed under the law, and prove it in a challenge by showing how easily you escape from them. They MUST be toy cuffs! I note that they never got around to banning plastic cinch cuffs, which means Al-Quadir's "Ins and Outs of Plastic Cuffs" can still be used in the Big Apple.



Yes, that's a great idea. Escape from stuff and say the stuff you escape from must be toy stuff as its easy to escape from. That will make you look like a world-class escape artist.
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