Michael Jackson's gravity defying Moonwalk 'achieved by mix of talent and high tech trickery'

Mail Online | 3/25/1983 | Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline
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Michael Jackson defined a generation with his music and often defied gravity with his dancing.

Now three Jacko fans, who all happen to be neurosurgeons, have analysed his incredible anti-gravity tilt and revealed it was achieved by a mix of his incredible talent and a little bit of magic.

Fans - Superstar - Years - Age - Injury

However, they warned fans not to try to copy the superstar - who died nine years ago at the age of 50 - as they may do themselves a serious spinal injury.

With hits like Billie Jean back in 1983, Jackson reinvented music videos of the 1980s.

Story - Lines - Songs - Effects - Cinematography

He added story lines to his songs, special effects, cinematography, and amazing choreography, executing dance moves thought impossible by many at the time.

Neurosurgeons from the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in India - Nishant Yagnick, Manjul Tripathi, and Sandeep Mohindra - set out to examine Jackson's anti-gravity choreography from a neurosurgeon's point of view.

Dancers - Forward - Tilt - Ankle

They said that even the strongest of dancers can only maintain a 25 to 30-degree forward tilt from the ankle.

Researchers said people risked getting new forms of spinal injuries if they followed Jackson's example and attempted 'to jump higher, stretch further, and turn faster than ever before.'

Dr - Tripathi - Generations - Dancers - Limits

Dr Tripathi, said, 'MJ has inspired generations of dancers to push themselves beyond their limits.

'Though a visual delight, such moves also lead to new forms of musculoskeletal injuries.'

King - Pop

He added: 'The King of Pop has not only been...
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