Secret Invention By Michael Jackson, Smooth Criminal Shoes Patent.
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.