As youngsters, a lot of us could not imagine a circus without horses, elephants, lions and tigers. But let’s be honest, animals being used for acts to entertain, was nothing short of cruel. For too long, wild animals have been treated abysmally and kept in terrible conditions solely for the purpose of making them perform in circuses.
Why? For the entertainment of the masses, as though that’s a perfectly acceptable reason to mistreat animals. Disclaimer: it isn’t.
Now though, things are starting to change for the better and one German circus has phased out its use of wild animals completely, in favour of holograms so that no animals are harmed.
Circus Roncalli is the world’s first holographic circus show, having stopped using wild animals in the 1990’s – decades before others began to take similar steps.
The German circus took to using only domestic horses in its shows. Until recently, when they made the decision to stop using animals altogether. The circus that was founded in 1976 has decided to change things in an attempt to fight against animal cruelty in the industry.
Circus Roncalli uses 3D holographic images to fill an arena which is 105 feet wide and 16 feet deep, with clever special effects such that the whole audience can see.
The holograms have a mesmerising effect, giving the impression of larger than life animals taking centre stage in the ring.
Now, trapeze artists and clowns exist alongside a wide range of holographic animals from around the world – including elephants and even fish.
They do look very realistic, don’t they?
The mesmerizing holographic experience was created by Roncalli’s agency TAG/TRAUM in cooperation with Bluebox partnered with Optoma, who installed 11 ZU850 laser projectors.
Birger Wunderlich at Bluebox said, “We have been using Optoma projectors for six years and have consistently had a very positive experience in price, reliability, and performance. 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.”
Check out the stunning visuals yourself:
The move follows a bill that was passed in UK which bans circuses using wild animals in their performances.
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Now, let’s hope this act will serve as an inspiration to others and we get to see more creative ways of delivering good entertainment.