Originally Posted by gingerdawg
Bend the metal backing away from the magnet. works best with a bench vise and a GBF channel lock pliers
Yes, that's what I did. I grabbed the metal with a pair of vise grips and bent it, exactly as you say.
I'm deleting my post above. I think the only one I broke was when I tried to pry it with a screwdriver. It's been several years, I guess my memory sucks.