Can you believe that some kids these days will never know about the greatness that was Michael Jackson? His voice, his talent and those ingenious dance moves. But what if I told you that there was a trick behind one of his most infamous moves?
Everyone remembers Michael Jackson's incendiary dance moves in the music video for his smash hit "Smooth Criminal." Moves like the moonwalk and the anti-gravity lean left us scratching our heads as to how the King of Pop pulled them off.
Well, turns out the MJ got a little bit of help with his 45 degree lean in the music video by strategically placed wires. However, when Michael decided to take the moves on the road he knew he had to come up with something to help him achieve the anti-gravity-lean on tour.
In 1993, Michael, along with two other inventors, came up with and patented the idea for a shoe that would make his anti-gravity-leaning dreams come true. One of the shoes most prominent features was the attached ankle straps that would allow MJ and his dancers to bear some of the weight it took to lean that far.
Once strapped into the shoe, the dancer could hypothetically hold themselves in place. However, given the demanding nature of the dance moves in his concert, it didn't make sense for Michael and his dancers to waste so much energy on one move.
Michael and his inventors also created a "magic" heel in the shoe that would lock into a bolt, creating that extra level of support. Hidden bolts in the stage would rise up at the exact moment that dancers hit their mark and the magic heel would lock them into place, allowing them to achieve the mesmerizing anti-gravity lean.