1993: Michael Jackson’s Anti-Gravity Illusion Patent

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  1. Julie

    So that’s how Michael did that illusion! I never knew he had a patent for that! Very interesting!

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  2. Richard Chapman

    I saw Garry Moore (What’s My Line?) demonstrate exactly the same concept in the early 1960′s. The only difference that I can remember is that he used simple, modifide shoes. And it was considered a normal stage trick. Garry Moore was simply demonstrating how it was done. If a patent was granted it shouldn’t have been. There is prior art. It was a common stage trick possibly going back to Vaudville.

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  3. Aristocrat

    Patent? For that??

    Clowns have been doing that effect for DECADES!

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  4. Scarlet Termite

    If you watch any Buster Keaton movies and/or shorts you will discover that he’d done that years before and without using anything but his own impressive body control.

    Not impressed at all.

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  5. Bill

    The text of the patent as much as says that. As well as being an old stage trick, similar footwear was used on Skylab to keep the astronauts anchored to the deckplates. The tech can be previously known and used; Jackson just patented his version, using retractable anchors, heels that can quickly and easily slot in place on the fly, and trick shoes that look like ordinary penny-loafers.

    Keaton was good, but he didn’t throw his weight out over his center of gravity using nothing but body control. Gravity always wins.

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  6. Alison

    I had no idea Micheal Jackson Had a patent for that illusion. The way that it is carried out is very interesting!

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  7. Alison

    I had no idea how that anti-gravity stunt was carried out.This is so intersting. I just assumed they had a rope attached to them or something!

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  8. Meredith

    Hilarious to see everybody saying “this isn’t new” when it says, right in the patent, that it’s not! Like Bill says, you can’t defy the laws of physics, and if you read the patent it explains right there how it was done previously.

    The point of this patent is clearly stated: to allow the performer to move about and dance freely, then briefly perform the illusion, then continue to move about.

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