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It's been four years since the untimely death of Michael Jackson. But his music and image will live on forever. And helping to keep his legacy going -- thousands of Michael Jackson impersonators. We met an M.J. impersonator that some are calling the best.

I sat down with the impersonator and I really felt like I was looking at Michael Jackson.

The face, makeup, clothes and voice were pretty spot on. But this impersonator, believe it or not, says underneath it all he doesn't think he looks like M.J.

The man behind the face just goes by his stage name Kenny Wizz. But it's the name "Michael Jackson" that fans call out when he performs.

"It's more of a tribute and I've always done out of respect," he says.

Wizz is touring across the U.S. and now in Phoenix, performing in the musical biography "Michael Jackson History."

And he's been impersonating Michael Jackson for nearly 30 years.

"This is not something I chose to do or thought I would do."

It started when he was street performing in LA and people told him he looked like M.J. But now when Wizz looks at the "man in the mirror," he doesn't see Michael Jackson.

"I've never seen personally seen a resemblance, other people see it, I don't think I look like him."

Before a show, Wizz takes at least two hours to get this look, then goes through a routine much light Michael Jackson would have done on tour.

"20 min for stretching, vocal warm-ups, costumes before you even hit the stage."

Wizz says he'll never be Michael Jackson -- but for him, he wants others to experience who he says is the legend "gone too soon."

"We're not saying I'm Michael Jackson or trying to fool anyone, we just want you to have magical experience of being in that venue and all great music."

Now if you want to check out the tour tickets are on sale at ticketmaster.com ranging in price from $39 to $59.

Michael Jackson HIStory II Show Starring Kenny Wizz
Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
Fri, Jul 12, 2013 8:00 PM

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