The escape act: Escape artist Michael Griffin comes to town

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The escape act: Escape artist Michael Griffin comes to town

Michael Griffin wears what he said to be renowned Harry Houdini’s old handcuffs at the Redwood Acres’ Best of Humboldt Fair on Friday. Sam Armanino — The Times-Standard

Michael Griffin wears what he said to be renowned Harry Houdini’s old handcuffs at the Redwood Acres’ Best of Humboldt Fair on Friday. Sam Armanino — The Times-Standard

By Sam Armanino, sarmanino@times-standard.com, @SamSva32 on Twitter
 


Michael Griffin escapes from a straightjacket at the during his Friday performance. Sam Armanino — The Times-Standard

Michael Griffin escapes from a straightjacket at the during his Friday performance. Sam Armanino — The Times-Standard

Editor’s note: In the interest of full disclosure, our reporter was handcuffed during part of the following performance.

Michael Griffin held up forty small needles to the audience in two sets of 20. He asked an audience member to confirm there was 40 and that they were individual sharp needles before he swallowed them whole. After he swallowed the needles, he swallowed a long piece of string and smacked his gut.

“Parents do not try this at home with your kids,” Griffin said.

He began to pull the string out of his mouth which had been threaded through the needles. After a little over half of the string was pulled out he handed the end to an audience member who began to pull it. When the entire string was out of with his mouth Griffin gave a bow as the audience clapped.

 

At the Best of Humboldt Fair held at the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds on Friday, Griffin said it is his first time coming to Eureka and he will be performing through the weekend today and Sunday.

During his show, Griffin challenged the audience to try to tie him up with rope so he cannot escape. He said if someone there tied a knot he can’t escape, he will pay them $1,000 and if someone builds something he can’t escape out of they will win $100,000.

On Friday afternoon, Griffin also broke out of a buckled straightjacket, ate and then regurgitated needles and thread, escaped what he said were Harry Houdini’s old handcuffs and got out of a heavily knotted piece of rope.

Griffin said he’s been escaping things since he was in high school, but his passion stemmed from watching cartoons when he was a child.

“You think something and believe something you can make it happen,” he said to the audience.

Kyler Windgarden, 13, waited for Griffin to finish his show. He said he wanted to show Griffin a knot he had just learned and show him his own trick using a quarter.

Kyler showed Griffin his right palm holding the quarter, he quickly placed his palms down and pulled them back up to show the quarter in his other hand.

“I just like that stuff,” Kyler said.

Jewell Klemp, a Humboldt State University sophomore, and Raven McAdams, a College of the Redwoods sophomore, also attended Griffin’s show at the fair. They said they arrived a little bit late, but really enjoyed the show.

“I liked how he had handcuffs from Houdini,” McAdams said.

Klemp held up her left hand which showed a smeared blue mark.

“I got my stamp licked off by a baby cow,” Klemp said.

Beyond his ability to escape different items and enclosures, Griffin said he collects artifacts and he said he asks people to buy any old handcuffs they have. He said just a few days before he bought an old pair of 1980s handcuffs in Eureka. Griffin said he loves performing at fairs big or small.


“I’ve seen prized goats and I’ve seen loser goats,” he said.

Griffin said his first ever show was in high school. He said he got the local post office to lend him a large postal bag which have federal locks which need a specific key to unlock.

“Every since I was little,” Griffin said. “I could just get out. Everyone has their thing.”

Griffin said he is probably the only traditional escape artist left. He said he spends a lot of time traveling all around and when he is done at the Redwood Acres Fair he said he will be off for more fairs in the Midwest and some private events he gets hired to perform or give inspirational speeches.

Sam Armanino may be reached at 707-441-0509

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EUREKA, CA: ESCAPE ARTIST WILL GIVE YOU CASH FOR YOUR OLD HANDCUFFS

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EUREKA, CA: ESCAPE ARTIST WILL GIVE YOU CASH FOR YOUR OLD HANDCUFFS

ESCAPE ARTIST MICHAEL GRIFFIN OFFERS EUREKA, CA RESIDENTS CASH FOR CUFFS DURING UPCOMING APPEARANCE AT REDWOOD COUNTY FAIR.

[Editors: believe it or not almost anyone might have old handcuffs in their drawers, here’s a chance to get an unusual local human interest story while at the same time maybe helping out someone with a cash reward.  As the release indicates below, 2x World Magic Award Winning escape artist Michael Griffin, featured on America’s Got Talent is offering a cash purchase for anyone who might have sell him old handcuffs, were they Houdini’s? were they tied to a famous local old event? Anything is possible if only the cuffs could talk. We'd be happy to arrange an interview with America’s Escape Artist Michael Griffin for you, who is a very lively and engaging interview.  Let me know if I can help further.]

Escape Artist Michael Griffin wants to buy your old handcuffs in his Cash For Cuffs program.

Escape Artist Michael Griffin wants to buy your old handcuffs in his Cash For Cuffs program.

ESCAPE ARTIST OFFERS CASH TO REDWOOD ACRES FAIR GOERS FOR THEIR OLD HANDCUFFS
 
Michael Griffin: America’s Escape Artist appears for the first time at the Redwood Acres Fair June 22-25 offering cash to residents for old handcuffs and leg irons.


 
EUREKA, CA. June 21 / --  2X World magic award winning escape artist Michael Griffin (http://www.escapeguy.com) appearing and disappearing for a special appearance at the Redwood Acres Fair June 22-25 is urging everyone to check their drawers for old handcuffs lying around gathering dust, Griffin will turn that junk into cash for you.
 
The Award Winning Escape Artist is offering up to $500.00 for old handcuffs and leg irons that you might have lying around collecting dust in the attic or basement as part of his cash for cuffs approach to creating one of the largest collections of handcuffs in the world.
 
According to the only 2-time winner of TV’s World Magic Awards for best Escape “collecting Jail Jewelry is a long standing hobby of mine and I have met some amazing people all around the World that have old restraints either giving them to me, or selling for cash, you just never know what to expect or what will come out of the woodwork, I am definitely looking and offering cash for cuffs in the area as part of my shows at the Redwood Acres Fair.  People can get in touch with me at my site: www.escapeguy.com. I will gladly make good cash offers on what they have”.
 
About Michael Griffin
Performing astonishing escapes and setting records around the World for over two decades, 2-time World Magic Award Winning Master of Escape, Michael Griffin is considered the Greatest Living Escape Artist. He is the ONLY escape artist to ever survive a hanging on the back of a horse with thirteen-knot Hangman’s Noose in 52 seconds! He has also escaped from a solid steel hermetically sealed airtight casket with a submarine style hatch locking the outside. Griffin has also escaped from handcuffs, ropes, locks, leg irons and chains from a maximum-security jail cell, the ice-covered Ohio River and from the silty bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
 
Follow Michael on face book:  (http://www.facebook.com/michaelgriffinescapes) 

Follow Michael on youtube:     (http://www.youtube.com/escapeguy)

Michael Griffin blog:                
(http://www.escapeguy.com/news)

Official website:                       
(http://www.escapeguy.com)


Contact:  Outrajus Productions (booking@escapeguy.com)   Tel: 614.354.4392
   
Source: Outrajus Productions  (http://www.escapeguy.com)
 
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Escape Artist Michael Griffin Is Coming To Redwood Acres Fair: Do With Me What You Will

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Escape Artist Michael Griffin Is Coming To Redwood Acres Fair: Do With Me What You Will

He’s been on America's Got Talent and is the only person to win TV’s World Magic Awards twice in the same category and now Michael Griffin, America’s Escape Hero (www.escapeguy.com) is coming to Redwood Acres Fair June 22-25 bringing his award winning act and a chance that some lucky people in the audience can take a shot at tying him with rope, if he fails to make good his escape they go home $1,000.00 richer. 

According to Griffin, “This is the best job in the World, I love going out on stage and entertaining the audience.  Part of the fun and I must say suspense is I never know what’s going to happen.  I see the look of wonder on their faces and then in some of their eyes I see them sizing me up for a chance at the $1,000.00 rope challenge.  I tell you I understand what the old west gunfighters felt like, at times I feel as if I am the last gladiator in the new Rome.”


About Michael Griffin
Performing astonishing escapes and setting records around the World for over two decades, 2-time World Magic Award Winning Master of Escape, Michael Griffin is considered the Greatest Living Escape Artist. He is the ONLY escape artist to ever survive a hanging on the back of a horse with thirteen-knot Hangman’s Noose in 52 seconds! He has also escaped from a solid steel hermetically sealed airtight casket with a submarine style hatch locking the outside. Griffin has also escaped from handcuffs, ropes, locks, leg irons and chains from a maximum-security jail cell, the ice-covered Ohio River and from the silty bottom of the Pacific Ocean.


Follow Michael on face book:  (http://www.facebook.com/michaelgriffinescapes) 

Follow Michael on youtube:     (http://www.youtube.com/escapeguy)

Michael Griffin blog:                
(http://www.escapeguy.com/news)

Official website:                       
(http://www.escapeguy.com)


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Grafton, WV Police Chief Challenges Escape Artist To A Duel: Doubts Michael Griffin Can Keep Title

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Grafton, WV Police Chief Challenges Escape Artist To A Duel: Doubts Michael Griffin Can Keep Title

Police Chief Bobby Beltner of the Grafton, WV Police Department Challenges Escape Artist Michael Griffin Saturday night May 27 at the Spirit of Grafton Festival.

Dear Michael:

"Im Bobby Beltner Chief of Police in Grafton, WV.  I have been with the department for 24 years and the Chief since 2004.  I caught your show last year while one of our Police Officers put you in a straitjacket, you got out and we really enjoyed your show, however I wish now to come up and lock you in several pairs of handcuffs both new and old along with leg irons inside an airtight waterproof container and secure you in a manner that I believe would be impossible for you to make your escape from the heavy irons or the container.

Please let me know if you are up to accepting this challenge."

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

Michael Griffin accepts the challenge with the condition that Police Chief Beltner must remain on stage along with Griffin's assistant in the event anything should go wrong including possible suffocation.

Challenge to take place Saturday on the Sprint Stage at the Spirit of Grafton Festival.

 

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ESCAPE ARTIST MICHAEL GRIFFIN OFFERS GRAFTON WV RESIDENTS CASH FOR CUFFS

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ESCAPE ARTIST MICHAEL GRIFFIN OFFERS GRAFTON WV RESIDENTS CASH FOR CUFFS

ESCAPE ARTIST MICHAEL GRIFFIN OFFERS GRAFTON WV RESIDENTS CASH FOR CUFFS

[Editors: believe it or not almost anyone might have old handcuffs in their drawers, here’s a chance to get an unusual local human interest story while at the same time maybe helping out someone with a cash reward.  As the release indicates below, 2x World Magic Award Winning escape artist Michael Griffin, featured on America’s Got Talent is offering a cash purchase for anyone who might have sell him old handcuffs, were they Houdini’s? were they tied to a famous local old event? Anything is possible if only the cuffs could talk. We'd be happy to arrange an interview with America’s Escape Artist Michael Griffin for you, who is a very lively and engaging interview.  Let me know if I can help further.]

Escape Artist Michael Griffin offers cash for old handcuffs

Escape Artist Michael Griffin offers cash for old handcuffs

 

ESCAPE ARTIST OFFERS CASH TO SPIRIT OF GRAFTON FESTIVAL GOERS FOR THEIR OLD HANDCUFFS
 
Michael Griffin: America’s Escape Artist returns saturday to the Spirit of Grafton Festival and asks residents to check their drawers…for old handcuffs and leg irons for a cash reward.


 
GRAFTON, WV.  May 26 / --  2X World magic award winning escape artist Michael Griffin (http://www.escapeguy.com) appearing and disappearing for a special return appearance at the Spirit of Grafton Festival May 27 is urging everyone to check their drawers.  No, he doesn’t mean pants, and yes they could get cash for any old handcuffs lying around gathering dust.
 
The Award Winning Escape Artist is offering up to $500.00 for old handcuffs and leg irons that you might have lying around collecting dust in the attic or basement as part of his cash for cuffs approach to creating one of the largest collections of handcuffs in the world.
 
According to the only 2-time winner of TV’s World Magic Awards for best Escape “collecting Jail Jewelry is a long standing hobby of mine and I have met some amazing people all around the World that have old restraints either giving them to me, or selling for cash, you just never know what to expect or what will come out of the woodwork, I am definitely looking and offering cash for cuffs in Grafton area as part of my shows at the Spirit of Grafton Festival.  People can get in touch with me at my site: www.escapeguy.com. I will gladly make good cash offers on what they have”.
 
About Michael Griffin
Performing astonishing escapes and setting records around the World for over two decades, 2-time World Magic Award Winning Master of Escape, Michael Griffin is considered the Greatest Living Escape Artist. He is the ONLY escape artist to ever survive a hanging on the back of a horse with thirteen-knot Hangman’s Noose in 52 seconds! He has also escaped from a solid steel hermetically sealed airtight casket with a submarine style hatch locking the outside. Griffin has also escaped from handcuffs, ropes, locks, leg irons and chains from a maximum-security jail cell, the ice-covered Ohio River and from the silty bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
 
Follow Michael on face book:  (http://www.facebook.com/michaelgriffinescapes

Follow Michael on youtube:     (http://www.youtube.com/escapeguy)

Michael Griffin blog:                
(http://www.escapeguy.com/news)

Official website:                       
(http://www.escapeguy.com)


Contact:  Outrajus Productions (booking@escapeguy.com)   Tel: 614.354.4392
   
Source: Outrajus Productions  (http://www.escapeguy.com)
 
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Escape Artist Michael Griffin Returning To Spirit of Grafton WV Festival

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Escape Artist Michael Griffin Returning To Spirit of Grafton WV Festival

He’s been on America's Got Talent and is the only person to win TV’s World Magic Awards twice in the same category and now Michael Griffin, America’s Escape Hero (www.escapeguy.com) is returning to The Spirit of Grafton Celebration bringing his award winning act and a chance that some lucky people in the audience can take a shot at tying him with rope, if he fails to make good his escape they go home $1,000.00 richer. 

According to Griffin, “This is the best job in the World, I love going out on stage and entertaining the audience.  Part of the fun and I must say suspense is I never know what’s going to happen.  I see the look of wonder on their faces and then in some of their eyes I see them sizing me up for a chance at the $1,000.00 rope challenge.  I tell you I understand what the old west gunfighters felt like, at times I feel as if I am the last gladiator in the new Rome.”


About Michael Griffin
Performing astonishing escapes and setting records around the World for over two decades, 2-time World Magic Award Winning Master of Escape, Michael Griffin is considered the Greatest Living Escape Artist. He is the ONLY escape artist to ever survive a hanging on the back of a horse with thirteen-knot Hangman’s Noose in 52 seconds! He has also escaped from a solid steel hermetically sealed airtight casket with a submarine style hatch locking the outside. Griffin has also escaped from handcuffs, ropes, locks, leg irons and chains from a maximum-security jail cell, the ice-covered Ohio River and from the silty bottom of the Pacific Ocean.


Follow Michael on face book:  (http://www.facebook.com/michaelgriffinescapes) 

Follow Michael on youtube:     (http://www.youtube.com/escapeguy)

Michael Griffin blog:                
(http://www.escapeguy.com/news)

Official website:                       
(http://www.escapeguy.com)


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