It was one of Michael Jackson’s signature dance moves. The famous lean that seemed to defy gravity, was introduced to us in the video for “Smooth Criminal” and it immediately took the world by storm. But how did the “King of Pop” manage to pull it off? Was he indeed, defying gravity?
Well, of course he wasn’t. It was all part of a brilliant design.
To be able to lean in a 45 degree angle, Michael Jackson was wearing a pair of specially designed shoes that were hitched into a hidden device beneath the stage. By using this simple “device”, he was able to lean forward beyond his center of gravity: (the article continues after the ad)
In fact, in 1993, these shoes were actually patented by Michael and the two co-inventors under the name “Method and means for creating anti-gravity illusion”. The above picture is from the patent files.
Here’s a picture from Michael Jackson’s Museum:
You can see the entire patent files here.