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‘This Is It” shows Michael Jackson behind the scenes

Short of someone inventing Smell-o-Vision before Wednesday’s global rollout of the feature documentary

“Michael Jackson’s This Is It,” fans will never get to know one of the most visceral aspects of working with the King of Pop.

“He had this amazing fragrance,” said Mekia Cox, one of 11 backup dancers who worked with Jackson between April and June on “This Is It,” his series of 50 sold-out concerts that had been scheduled for London’s O2 Arena over the summer. The shows would have marked the superstar’s return to performing after a 12-year touring absence.

Another dancer, Daniel Celebre, referred to Jackson’s singular musk as “the love potion,” recalling its ability to trigger an almost Pavlovian response in people downwind. “No matter what you’re doing, as soon as you smell that smell, boom! You have to get more focused,” Celebre recalled. “Because he needs to know we’re having that love. And throwing the love around.”

It’s not uncommon for people who worked with Jackson in his final months to speak about the entertainer in emotionally overheated terms.

Several close collaborators on what was being touted as Jackson’s final tour – a concert extravaganza that could have resurrected his finances, re-established his cultural relevancy and spread messages of global interconnectivity, love and environmentalism – seem to have gotten swept up in his grandiose vision. It’s one that would have involved elaborate aerial dance numbers, the world’s largest three-dimensional LCD screen, pyrotechnic illusions, 12 original short films and even the presence of a bulldozer and a children’s choir onstage.

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