People who think they're pretty good at tying knots have a chance to show off their talent and possibly pick up $1,000 in time for Christmas shopping.

Mike Griffin, claiming to be the world's No. 1 escape artist, has challenged Utahns to a chance to tie him up so well that he could not escape. And the reward will be paid on the spot to anyone who succeeds.Griffin will perform at the 49th Street Galleria, 4998 S. 360 West, at 2 and 5 p.m. on Nov. 25 and at 2, 5, 7 and 10 p.m. on Nov. 26.

Throughout the years Griffin has escaped from various situations, including the wearing of a straitjacket as he dangled from a crane high above downtown streets, from leg-irons and handcuffs after being submerged in a frozen river, and in other life-threatening situations.

Griffin was originally scheduled to be tied up during a Utah Jazz halftime, but limited time will not permit.

Some restrictions apply to the challenge, because people have tried to use baling wire or thin ropes that would cut into his skin. Otherwise, the challenge is to the person who is expert enough in rope-typing techniques that Griffin could not escape.

"A lot of people think it's just being double-jointed, but 40 percent of it is physically hard work. What I do, I do in a special way. My toes are just as coordinated as my fingers," Griffin said.