Michael Jackson's antigravity tilt: Mystery decoded

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: May 23, 2018, 03:37 PM IST
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Michael Jackson's anti-gravity tilt was after all an illusion. Photograph:(WION Web Team)

Not just Michael Jackson's music but his dance styles have inspired many over the years. The singer's live concerts were revered as high-octane entertainment with the singer perfroming some unthinkable stunts. 

While, there is no doubt, that the late singer was an incredible performer, some of his stunts were cleverly designed by a team to make the pop star look larger than life. 

For those who grew up in the late 1980s- early 1990s would remember Jackson's famous 45 degrees forward tilt during his “Smooth Criminal” performance. Turns out it was a clever illusion invented by the pop star. 

Three neurosurgeons from the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, India - Nishant S. Yagnick, Manjul Tripathi, and Sandeep Mohindra - set out to examine the antigravity tilt from a neurosurgeon`s point of view.

According to scientists, the most accomplished dancers can also achieve a tilt of 25 to 3o degrees. So how did Jackson achieve the unachievable? 

The pop legend designed a special shoe with a triangular slot in the heel which hooked onto a metallic peg that emerged from the stage floor at just the right moment.

This allowed Jackson to lean forward to an unimaginable angle without falling. 

Scientists have though lauded Jackson's physical strength because despite the help it was impressive for the singer to pull it off.