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German Circus Uses Holograms Instead Of Live Animals For A Cruelty-Free Magical Experience
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German Circus Uses Holograms Instead Of Live Animals For A Cruelty-Free Magical Experience

For a very long time, people couldn’t have imagined a circus show without horses, elephants, monkeys, and lions. But recently, Circus Roncalli has shunned tradition, swapping flesh and blood for hologram projections. The shows, however, remain just as spectacular.

More info: roncalli.de

Circus Roncalli has been entertaining crowds with its animal shows since 1976 but has decided to change things up in an attempt to fight against animal cruelty in the industry.

Its shows still feature tusks and tails, fiery circles and acrobats, but in a world’s first, not one of the circus animals are real. Roncalli wanted to create 3D images from hologram projectors while filling the arena measuring 32 meters (105 feet) wide and 5 meters (16 feet) deep with 360° visibility for the entire audience.

Roncalli’s agency TAG/TRAUM in cooperation with Bluebox partnered with Optoma, and 11 ZU850 laser projectors were installed for a mesmerizing holography experience.

Birger Wunderlich at Bluebox said, “We have been using Optoma projectors for 6 years and have consistently had a very positive experience in price, performance, and reliability. We needed a high contrast projector with great colors for the 3D effect and the ZU850’s 2,000,000:1 contrast is perfect for this project.”

The bold move comes amid increasing worldwide concerns about circus animals living much of their lives under horrible conditions in captivity.

Activists have accused many circuses of beating, starving and keeping their show animals in unsanitary conditions while they perform for large crowds according to very tight schedules.

In the UK, for example, legislation is before the government which would ban traveling circuses from using wild animals from 2020.

Check out the holograms in action in the video below

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Flame Phoenix
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2 years ago

I agree with ever body saying to put in a few unicorns and dragons

Sarah Ngakaari Hammond
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2 years ago

Medieval fantasy animal themed circus would work.

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Sarah Ngakaari Hammond
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2 years ago

The giant goldfish is cool lol

tuzdayschild
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2 years ago

This is wonderful! I stopped going to circuses because of the inhumane treatment of animals (I saw a tiger abused). All circuses should do this or opt to use no animals at all.

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Flame Phoenix
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2 years ago

I agree with ever body saying to put in a few unicorns and dragons

Sarah Ngakaari Hammond
Community Member
2 years ago

Medieval fantasy animal themed circus would work.

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Sarah Ngakaari Hammond
Community Member
2 years ago

The giant goldfish is cool lol

tuzdayschild
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2 years ago

This is wonderful! I stopped going to circuses because of the inhumane treatment of animals (I saw a tiger abused). All circuses should do this or opt to use no animals at all.

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