By Whitney Pastorek
Updated April 20, 2010 at 06:18 PM EDT

Image Credit: Tim Whitby/Getty Images According to Reuters, Cirque du Soleil is creating a series of projects honoring Michael Jackson, including an arena touring show starting in 2011 and a Las Vegas nightclub. Proceeds will be split by Jackson’s estate and the Cirque crew — the late King of Pop was apparently a big fan — and according to a statement from Katherine Jackson, the family is “thrilled that Cirque du Soleil will pay tribute to my son in such an important way.”

This isn’t the first time Cirque du Soleil has taken on a pop icon: Both Love (Beatles) and Viva Elvis (uh, Elvis) are up and running in Vegas, and Ka was once featured in a particularly horrifying episode of CSI. All things considered — like Neverland Ranches, affections for monkeys, and the millions of Jackson fans who took to the worldwide streets after his death — a Jacko Jackson [sorry, irate fans; you’re right, my bad] Cirque seems like a no-brainer.

What do you think, Mixers? Who’s excited? I for one am not, as these projects will now be added to the list of things I really really want to see but cannot because I am utterly terrified of all things Cirque du Soleil-related. Carny folk! Small hands! I couldn’t even make it through the trailer embedded below! Please tell me I am not alone!

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