The secret behind Michael Jackson’s gravity-defying lean revealed

It’s been almost thirty years since Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal burst on our screens but we’ve still been wrecking our brains over THAT gravity-defying lean. Until now.

The secret behind the King of Pop’s famous 45 degree dance move has been revealed and it’s as awesome as you’d think.
In the video, the music legend can be seen slowly tilting forward, which left fans extremely baffled.
Some thought he had used wires but when the star recreated the incredible dance move live, they were left speechless.
According to reports, it’s all down to a savvy one-off shoe that has an extending slot at the bottom of the heel.
The slots could extend whenever required and connect to a screw in the stage, ensuring the shoe was secure as Michael leaned forward

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In 1992, the shoes were patented under the names of Michael Jackson and Dennis Tompkins.
The faultless shoes served the pop icon well, except for one slip in September 1996 when one of the heels came loose from its screw, during a concert in Moscow.
Michael fell flat on to his front but managed to avoid serious injury. The design was subsequently reworked so that it would not happen again.

The shoe is now sitting in the Hard Rock Cafe in Moscow, after it was auctioned off for $600,000 (£392,000) following Jackson’s death.

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