For a long time, people were unable to imagine a circus without horses, elephants, monkeys and lions. But recently, the Roncalli Circus has turned that tradition around, replacing flesh and blood animals with holograms. Yet the shows are still incredible.
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The Roncalli circus has been entertaining crowds with its animals since 1976, but has decided to change to try to fight animal cruelty in the industry.
They still have fire rings, acrobats and so on, but none of the animals are real. Roncalli creates 3D holographic images with projectors that measure 32 meters wide and 5 meters deep, providing 360º visibility for the entire audience.
Roncalli’s agency, TAG/TRAUM, in cooperation with Bluebox and Optoma, installed 11 ZU850 laser projectors for a hypnotic holographic experience.
Birger Wunderlich of Bluebox said: “We have been using Optoma projectors for 6 years and have had a very positive experience in terms of price, performance and reliability. We needed a high-contrast projector with great colors to make the 3D effect and the contrast of the ZU850 2000000:1 is perfect for this project.”
This courageous decision has come at a time of increasing global concern about show animals living in captivity and in terrible conditions for most of their lives.
The activists accuse many circuses of beating, starving and keeping their animals in appalling conditions while performing for crowds at very busy times.
For example, in the UK, there is legislation that will ban circuses from using wild animals from 2020.