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King of Pop memorabilia on display at Mandalay Bay

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Cirque du Soleil

The world premiere of Immortal was in Montreal, the location of Cirque du Soleil headquarters, on Oct. 2, 2011.

A Michael Jackson memorabilia exhibit opens today at Mandalay Bay in conjunction with Cirque du Soleil’s extended tour stop of “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour.”

“Michael Jackson Fan Fest” is the first display of the King of Pop’s possessions and career pieces supplied by the Michael Jackson estate.

“It is very much a fan-friendly event, and it’s ... going to give you a really good up-close feel,” said Shepperd Zuffelato, senior marketing manager for Cirque’s North American division. “It’s going to take you through his entire life and showcase things that have never been seen before, very personal items and also career-oriented memorabilia.”

The exhibit incorporates interactive elements, including the opportunity to walk through the spaceship set used in the video for “Scream,” a video presentation that offers an inside look at “Immortal” and a chance to play the video game “Michael Jackson: The Experience.”

Other items of nostalgia from Jackson’s career on exhibit include the star’s Fantasy glove collection, the red jacket he sported for the 1984 American Music Awards and a statue used for the “HIStory” tour.

Guests have been booked for Q&A sessions throughout the event’s operation. Jackson’s brothers Tito, Jackie and Marlon are set to appear Sunday, with Joseph Vogel, the author of “Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson,” scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

For more information, including hours and ticket prices, go to michaeljacksonfanfest.com.

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