The way we experience circuses may have just changed forever. A German circus has become the first in the world to introduce holograms of wild animals, in an attempt to create a cruelty-free show.

After several European countries banned the use of wild animals in circus shows, ‘Circus Roncalli’ got innovatively ahead of the times by replacing their animals with realistic 3D holograms. With the new show including a goldfish, a group of horses running around the ring and an elephant standing on its front two feet, spectators are bound to be watching in awe as these animals come to life.

Reportedly, founder of Circus Roncalli Bernhard Paul spent over $500,000 to create and produce the holographic show which has been seen by more than 600,000 people in the past year.

Realistic holograms appear right in front of the audiences eyes with the use of 11 projectors that shine onto a flat surface that goes around the outside of the centre ring. The projections have a 360-degree visibility, so spectators can see the show from all angles.

Founded in 1976, Circus Roncalli have used animals during their shows since they were established. They stopped using wild animals in their shows in the 1990’s and have since been trying to phase out the use of more ‘domesticated’ animals.

“We have decided against the animals for the benefit of the animals,” said media director of the Circus Roncalli Markus Strobl to Rheinische Post, “the focus of the Circus Roncalli is anyway on poetic and acrobatic numbers.”

In April 2017, they announced that from 2018 onwards they would no longer be using any animals, including domesticated, in their circus.This was largely due to decreasing ticket sales and the rise in people fighting against animal cruelty in circus.

By using holograms, the circus hopes that it will bring back an audience as they can enjoy the show without the guilt or concerns about the animals being used in the show.



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Image courtesy of Circus Roncalli via Facebook.

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