Secret Behind Michael Jackson's ‘Smooth Criminal' Lean

 - Jun 28, 2009
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Michael Jackson’s ‘Smooth Criminal’ dance is one of the King of Pop’s many celebrated performances. A patent Michael Jackson filed in 1992 reveals how he executed the gravity-defying lean towards the end of the song—and the secret’s in the shoes.

As you can see from the images in the gallery above, the shoes worn for Michael Jackson’s ‘Smooth Criminal’ dance had notched grooves into which a support rod could be raised. Check out the magic shoes in action in the video above (skip to 3:50 if you just want to see the lean).