- A study has revealed the secret behind Michael Jackson’s iconic gravity defying tilt in the 1987 music video Smooth Criminal
- Led by neurosurgeons Nishant S Yagnick, Manjul Tripathi and Sandeep Mohindra from Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh (PGI Chandigarh), the study tried to establish how the pop star managed to successfully execute this dance move
Three neurosurgeons from the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh (PGI Chandigarh) said that they have unlocked the mystery behind Michael Jackson’s iconic “gravity-defying” dance move made famous from his 1988 music video “Smooth Criminal.”
Led by neurosurgeons Nishant S Yagnick, Manjul Tripathi and Sandeep Mohindra from PGI Chandigarh, the study tried to establish how the pop star managed to successfully execute this dance move.
The paper, “How did Michael Jackson challenge our understanding of spine biomechanics?” was published in the Journal of Neurosurgery.
The study focused on the 45degrees tilt achieved by the singer while keeping his spine straight with only his feet stopping him toppling to the ground in a manner unbecoming of the self-proclaimed pop royalty.
“It’s not really possible physically to do it,” said neurosurgeon Dr. Nishant Yagnick.
“He was cheating gravity.”
“You can bend a maximum of 25 or 30 degrees forward before you fall on your face,” added his colleague Dr. Manjul Tripathi.
“As much as we would like to believe that MJ broke the relationship between physiology and physics, a patent registered under (Michael Jackson’s) name shows that the move was accomplished with a clever invention.
Apparently, MJ pulled off this move with the help of a special kind of shoes. The shoes featured a specially designed heel slot which can be detachably engaged.
Each shoe also had a hitch (like a nail) that came out of its surface, which was utilized by simply sliding the shoe wearer’s foot forward, thereby engaging with the hitch member.
“Alas, MJ’s move was an illusionary trick,” they wrote. “The move is incredibly hard to pull off, requiring athletic core strength from strengthened spinal muscles and lower-limb antigravity muscles.”
The three doctors have urged dancers and the likes to not attempt this dance move as they would risk potential spinal injuries if they pushed their bodies too hard.
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