He was Michael Jackson. He could do anything.
So when fans saw him do the impossible on the dance floor, they never thought he had help.
But when the King of Pop and his dancers leaned at a gravity-defying 45 degrees in live performances of the 1987 hit "Smooth Criminal," it was a secret gimmick -- not super-human talent -- that made it all possible.
A patent filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in June 1992 lays it all out.
Naming Jackson, Michael L. Bush and Dennis Tompkins as...Full Story