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Michael Jackson, Shoe Designer

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The MJ tributes keep rolling in, and they're getting quirkier: "Michael dominated many forms of media, but who knew that he also holds a patent? One of the iconic moves from his "Smooth Criminal" music video is when all the dancers lean forward at an impossible angle. In the video this was achieved with wires. Jackson's innovation was the development of special shoes along with a support system hidden under the stage enabling the move in a live show. Very clever." [Retrothing]