Its better than sitting behind the computer to find your match. The Lock and Key format provides a great ice breaker for people to talk to each other.

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I know of several people who have asked another attendee out on a date who they met at one of my events, Reich says.

Some attendees have married someone they met at a Lock and Key event in other regions, but not Detroit yet.

But these stories are generally cobbled together out of statistics and polls compiled and analyzed by journalists who never set foot in the towns theyre writing about.

So we consulted with some dating experts and single people who are here in Orlando for a few firsthand observations and options from the front.

Upon arrival, women attendees get padlocks and men get keys.

Each time their hardware matches, its turned in for a new set of hardware and each person gets another raffle ticket for great prizes donated by local businessesor maybe even a date?

For every match you make, you will be entered to win a raffle prize which include cash, manicures, candles, comedy passes and complimentary admission to future Lock and Key events.

There is no limit on the amount of time you can talk with someone, and you can choose to get a new lock or key after youve made a match.

Orlando usually winds up in the middle tier of such lists, as it did in a recent story measuring life in general and love in particular for solo souls in 40 American cities.