Michael Jackson's gravity-defying Smooth Criminal dance move was down to core strength and an illusion, scientists have found. The late singer was famous for being able to tilt 45 degrees, seemingly without anything to hold him up.Fans were amazed to see him do the dance move in his 1987 Smooth Criminal video - live.However, a team of neurosurgeons has cracked the mystery behind the seemingly impossible feat.The three surgeons revealed in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine that Jackson designed a special shoe with a triangular slot in the heel which hooked onto a metallic peg that came up from the stage floor at the right moment.This allowed him to lean forward at a seemingly impossible angle without collapsing.But they noted that Jackson did have very good core strength."Several MJ fans, including the authors, have tried to copy this move and failed, often injuring themselves in their endeavours," they wrote.Long-time Jackson fan Nishant Yagnick, from the Postgraduate Institute of … [Read more...] about How Michael Jackson pulled off Smooth Criminal tilt revealed by scientists
News / UK and world by Press Association May 22, 2018, 3:42 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Michael Jackson really acted out the part of a smooth criminal when he performed his gravity-defying 45 degree forward tilt in front of screaming fans, a study has shown. The “mind-boggling” dance move, first seen in the 1987 “Smooth Criminal” video, was a clever illusion invented by the pop star. Fans were amazed to see him repeat the feat live – and completely fooled. A team of three neurosurgeons wrote in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine: “Several MJ fans, including the authors, have tried to copy this move and failed, often injuring themselves in their endeavours.” A patent registered under Jackson’s name reveals how the trick was achieved. The pop legend designed a special shoe with a triangular slot in the heel which hooked onto a metallic peg that emerged from the stage floor at … [Read more...] about Scientists reveal ‘clever illusion’ of Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal tilt
MICHAEL Jackson's death at the age of 50 prompted an outpouring of grief across the world and sparked a court battle that led to his personal doctor being jailed. The singer emerged as a child star with the Jackson Five and transformed into a global pop sensation, but his life was plagued with controversy. When did Michael Jackson die? In his testimony, Jackson's personal physician Conrad Murray said he found the singer in bed and not breathing on the afternoon of June 25, 2009. The pop legend had been rehearsing past midnight on the night of June 24, ahead of a series of comeback concerts at the London O2 Arena, and had not left his bedroom in the morning. After trying to revive Jackson for five to ten minutes without effect, Murray called paramedics who performed CPR on the singer for 42 minutes at his house in the Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, before he was taken to the hospital. The ambulance arrived at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Centre at 1.14pm, and Jackson was pronounced dead … [Read more...] about When and how did Michael Jackson die, was he married and who are his children?
Saturday Night Live host Michael Che took aim at First Lady Melania Trump on this weekend’s episode of the long-running NBC show, describing President Donald Trump’s wife as “sexy-ass Michael Jackson.” “First Lady Melania Trump — or as I’ve been calling her, sexy-ass Michael Jackson — launched a campaign to stop cyberbullying called ‘Be Best’—as in, it would ‘be best’ if you got a divorce,” Che said to some groans and delayed applause and laughs during the show’s “Weekend Update” segment.Pop legend Michael Jackson, who died in 2009, was known for his extensive plastic surgery and was said to have suffered from a degenerative skin disease known as Vitiligo. Elsewhere, Che and his co-host Colin Jost reluctantly admitted that President Trump had a good week following the release of three Americans imprisoned in North Korea. “I mean sure, this has been a decent … [Read more...] about SNL’s Michael Che Brands Melania Trump ‘Sexy-Ass Michael Jackson’
MICHAEL Jackson was obsessed with the Elephant Man and would spend hours sitting alone with the skeleton, it has been revealed. The King of Pop’s unusual interest in the man, who had severe face and body deformities, is revisited in a new TV show. Portillo’s History of Britain, which sees the former politician look at buildings with hidden histories, discussed his fascination with the famous bones. The story of Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man, is retold as the show looks at the Royal London Hospital – where his skeleton is exhibited. Portillo speaks with Richard Trembath, a geneticist, who says: “Amongst those who have been fascinated included Michael Jackson, he would come and spend time on his own sitting next to the skeleton, obviously contemplating.” The singer previously said he related to a quote from a film made about Merrick’s life, where he shouts: “I am not an animal, I am a human being.” And in an old interview he said: … [Read more...] about Michael Jackson was obsessed with the Elephant Man and spent hours sitting alone with his skeleton