iTricks Reader Derek Merdinyan pointed us to a patent filed in 1993 by Michael Jackson, Michael L. Bush and Dennis Tompkins which was used in the ‘Smooth Criminal’ Video.

The patent describes how the invention ‘relates to a method and means for creating an anti-gravity illusion effects for entertainment purposes’ and details how Michael Jackson and his dancers could lean at 45-degree angles during live performances.

You can see the lean in action at about 3:48 in the above video.¬†Similar illusions have been performed by other magicians, including Criss Angel, and the leaning illusion itself can be traced back to the 1800′s with various methods.

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  • Code of the Arts

    Anti-gravity lean… the best illusion from the best!

  • Brookie

    Let me tell you at least as far as singers go, nobody has entertainment value like he did. And that is just not something that you can teach, because part of if is your energy on stage and how you moved on stage and we all know that, that man could move.

  • http://andromeda-30.blogspot.com/ Jim Belfiore

    A few years after Michael received his patent, it was referenced by a major defense technology company for an anti-gravity simulator.

    http://bit.ly/107mTQ

  • http://www.whatlimouk.com/limo-hire-middlesex.htm middlesex

    nobody has entertainment value like he did.he was a king of pop in a real way.

  • J

    Does anyone know the patient Number?

  • Code of the Arts

    It's Patent no. 5255452, filed in 1992. If you want to know more, here is a link:

    http://tinyurl.com/o74fmw

  • Troy in LasVegas

    Las Vegas news this morning reported the patent had expired and is available.
    Then again they have also been known to say Lindsey Lohan has talent.

  • Troy in LasVegas

    Las Vegas news this morning reported the patent had expired and is available.

    Then again they have also been known to say Lindsey Lohan has talent.

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