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Like any evil villain, Count Dracula has one goal: world domination. And like most evil villains, he has a half-diabolical, half-comically unlikely plan to achieve it. “I'll launch a traveling circus with my minions as the stars,” Dracula mused to himself in his 19th-century Bohemian lair. “It'll be the perfect cover-up for my plan to turn all the souls of the earth into undead blood-suckers!” That's the premise of The Vampire Circus, the big top act at Bayfront Park (301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami) that combines the feats of Barnum & Bailey with the scary sensuality of True Blood. Thirty different vamp-artists show off skills like magic, acrobatics, and other carnival tricks. And it all comes with a spooky, haunted house ambiance; artistic director Francisco Santos promises his performers will “break the fourth wall.” So bring a cross, a wooden stake, and don't even think about admitting that you're secretly Team Jacob.
Sundays, 5 p.m.; Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Oct. 28. Continues through Oct. 31, 2012


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