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Secret Invention By Michael Jackson, Smooth Criminal Shoes Patent.

Updated on February 21, 2013

Michael Jackson, an inventive celebrity mind.

The majority of Michael Jackson's life has been lived in the public eye, his plastic surgery, his music career, his health, his children, in fact all his antics and behaviour were covered extensively as well as scrutinised by the media.

His death, like his life was one shrouded with mysterious circumstances and included more then a hint of scandal. However just when you think you know everything about one of the most famous men, not only in music, but the world, there is yet another unexpected nugget of information that is dropped into the public arena, once again for discussion.

When I came across patent 5255452, not only was the concept an interesting one but one of the name's of the inventors, was one I recognised 'Micheal Jackson' could it really be 'the' Micheal Jackson, I wondered? Of course it was and once you see or read the patent for the invention. you will know without a doubt why.

The man behind the music.

Micheal Jackson was no doubt blessed with vision, talent and creativity. He took on projects and ideas that no other would even contemplate, let alone attempt. Although his personal life was fraught with trouble and speculation, his career was no doubt a huge success.

For many years he was a very rich man, most of his solo albums reached number one in many countries around the world. He experienced almost incomparable fame and yet almost none of his direct wealth came from his invention, nor is it widely known about.

This puzzled me as I am certain that if it were mass produced it would have been a huge success.

An inventive mind.

On 29th June 1992 Michael Jackson filed for a patent for a 'meathod or means of creating anti-gravity illusion'. This system would allow the wearer of a shoe, to lean forward appearing to go beyond his or her centre of gravity, this would be achieved by the specially designed shoes,  which contain a specially designed heel slot. It was then issued on 26th October 1993 and is still held under his name (amongst the other contributors) today.

Were they made and did they work?

There's no doubt that these shoes not only existed but worked, anyone who's seen Michael Jackson's video 'smooth criminal' or seen him perform it live on stage will know just how effective they were at performing the illusion of anti-gravity.

  • The lean is at an impressive forty five degree angle.

Can you buy them?

As yet I have been unable to source a pair of these shoes or found any evidence that they were sold commercially at all.

There is evidence that they are around, I've seen the video's! But where you can obtain them from still remains a mystery and has so far eluded me.

However if you know of anywhere that sells these shoes or knows of anyone who owns a pair, please let me know in the comments box below, many thanks.

Are they a good or successful invention?

Well oddly enough, yes and no. They are a great innovation, it was both baffling and inspiring to see the king of pop perform these stunts of what appears as shifting his centre of gravity, when viewing this 'trick' it appears almost magical. So in many respects it was a massive success and further cemented Micheal Jackson's image as a performance genius.

However commercially, it has not been as highly promoted. But why? Who wouldn't want a pair, there pretty cool right? They would have sold in the millions! The problem with mass producing these would mean ruining the illusion. Something that kept Micheal ahead of the game and separate from the crowd, would undoubtedly have been lost and would be damaging for him in the long run.

They were not designed for public consumption and were certainly not patented as a commercial product.

So why patent?

If they were not designed to be sold, why bother filing for a patent at all? Because if he didn't patent his invention, someone else could have and they almost certainly would have mass produced it and made a mint. This scenario is one Michael Jackson could not have afforded.

Will they be available in the future?

With Michael's passing it is definitely possible, he is no longer performing and no longer needs that performance exclusivity. There is a chance that the other named inventors, may decide to mass produce the product and profit from it. There is also the chance that the patent will be brought on the understanding that its developed and produced.


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      Cristina 3 years ago

      I personally own a pair. They would be very hard to reach since the way I got them was from the man himself. Although I never have worn them since I thought I should preserve then for some reason. I would be willing to part with them to anyone who wants to buy. By the way michael gave them to me because I worked for him and I was going away and he gave me those special shoes to remember him bye. It's time for another fan to enjoy so please contact me. I was disgusted when those accusations were made to him because I would bet me and my whole families life that he never did anything like that . It was just a tabloid story gone too far. Michael loved being with children without caring what sick society thought since his mind will never go there. Telling him these accusations he's facing is like telling a 10 year old. He won't understand until you actually tell him what you are implying. He was put under fire for not being a " normal" man and to not have his head in the gutter. The world was punishing a man they didn't understand and weren't used to. Michael Jackson was the one in the right the whole time. America is the one who tortured him and was wrong for it. This is why he was spending his time in London on his final months and chose his tour outside of America because he felt betrayed. This is a shame to let a stupid tabloid go this far which they only do stories like that to entertain and get money and they don't care who their vicious lies affect. They know about Michael Jackson and his love for children so they labeled him a pedophile instead of a saint. They always been calling him gay because of his metrosexual appearance so they said he liked sprcifically boys to make the story more interesting supposedly to sick America and they ate it up. Those liar kids who claimed what happened to them and that one maid are all liars. The kids were corrupted by the adults to join their sick little world and make those lies. Most of the time when you're a kid and someone tells you that something happened to you but really didn't then you're going to believe something really did happen to you after so many times. I personally think michael was the most beautiful man ever he didn't care how a man was supposed to act look or talk he just was himself and expresses himself as an individual which we all need to do. How could it be possible that a tabloid gone too far make a world forget about the real mj. It's crazy like people were thinking how could someone be so perfect and then they read the latest news and thought oh that explains he's not perfect . This is how Jesus Christ was crucified basically because he was misunderstood in society for being himself when he's actually an angel and the punishment is death. Times need to change. It's never too late to change how you think. This is mjs vision. Anyway my email is if you are interested in the shoes.

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      guest 4 years ago

      michael jackson celebrity clothing super store

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      wrenfrost56 5 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you for taking the time to comment J, I am glad you enjoyed my hub. :)

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      J. 5 years ago

      Some of the people who have commented seems to have misunderstood something: the shoes were used for performances of Smooth Criminal, and had nothing to do with his moonwalk. I know this is a post made long time ago, but I just wanted to point out :)

      And thank you very much, to the author. I knew about the patented shoes, but your analysis and speculations are really interesting - I never thought about some of the aspects you covered.

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you saddlerider, I very much look forward to reading more of your work. :)

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      saddlerider1 7 years ago

      Thank you for stopping in for a read of my Phantom 309 and leading me to your great hubs. This patent by Michael is stunning news, thank you for the share, I had no idea, but often wondered how he did the moves with his feet as he did and give us that illusion. Well I guess we will see them appear in the near future, just shows you the brilliant mind this entertainer had and he was way ahead of his time. I loved his music and may he RIP in never never land;0)

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you fishtiger, it's a pretty cool video, I think. :)

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you for your comment Amber Allen, it's always good to see you my friend. I very much enjoyed your avatar hubs. :)

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      fishtiger58 7 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      wow that is so interesting now I am going to have to go watch the video.

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      Amber Allen 7 years ago

      Hi wrenfrost

      What an interesting hub. I expect there might be lots of other inventions that have been patented to stop other people producing them. Micheal Jackson led a truly extraordinary life which was tragically cut short.


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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you katie, you know it might just be. :)

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thanks for your comment 2patricias, I think your right will we never know everything about him. :)

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you MPG Narratives, I often wondered too and now I know, which is good. :)

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      wrenfrost, cool hub about Michael Jacksons secret invention, is this the secret behind the unwavering moonwalk well up into his 50's. Oh so sad I miss him. Peace :)

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      2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Entertaining hub! What an interesting piece of information. We don't think anybody will ever know the whole story about M. Jackson.

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      Marie Giunta 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      So that's how he did that move in "smooth criminal".... interesting. Hope you find these shoes soon, then let us know and we can all dance like MJ. Fun read, thanks.

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you mtsi1098, good to see you again my friend. :)

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you MOW, I know what you mean, I didn't have any idea how he achieved this move until I did the research. :)

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you drbj, it would be really cool to own a pair, wouldn't it. :)

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      wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

      Thank-you andromida, your right he was the ultimate show stopper. Glad you liked this. :)

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      mtsi1098 7 years ago

      Very interesting hub and I enjoyed the Smooth Criminal video when it came out. Just when you think you know someone :) thanks...

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Wow, fascinating read! Not to take anything from Mj's talent as a dancer, but I never knew he wore special shoes that helped him with that famous 'moon walk' of his! Very interesting hub as usual... :)

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Wouldn't it be fun to go to a dance contest and slip on these anti-gravity shoes? Guaranteed you would be the center of attention and even win a prize.

      And the "Dancing with the Stars" TV program would be knocking at your door.

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      I was not knowing that MJ has a patent for anti-gravity shoes.I think there is no match of his talent-he was an ultimate show stopper and will remain so for many years to come.Thanks wren :)