Circus swaps real animals for holograms- and they look stunning

Circus Roncalli showcases it's holographic herd

The circus hasn’t let elephants perform in its shows since the nineties, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t involved, as the new holograms promise a humane show.

A German circus which banned the use of live animals in its acts, has welcomed them back into the ring three decades later, this time as hollograms.

Founded in 1976 Circus Roncalli was one of the first circuses in the world to phase out the use of live animals, back in the nineteen nineties.

The popular circus welcomes thousands of visitors every month, paying between £25-£62 to watch the incredible visual spectacle.

The projections are around 105ft wide and 16ft tall, feature herds of elephants, galloping show horses and even the traditional fairground goldfish.

The crowds can also enjoy stunning acrobatics, and clowning around, safe in the knowledge no animals were harmed for their performance.

holographic elephant
Circus Roncalli showcases it’s holographic herd

The show is made possible by Otoma and BlueBOX technology, which maps exactly where the series of 11 ZU850 laser projectors need to shoot to create a convincing almost solid picture.

It allows the vast holograms to closely interact with the crowd, and for human visitors to learn about conservation and preserving animals for future generations.

Hologram fish
The use of live animals in circuses has been the subject of wide spread debate over the last three decades

Markus Strobl, media director for Circus Roncalli told RP Online: “Most of the numbers in the show would already be done by the artist and clowns today anyway. The focus of the Circus Roncalli is on poetic and acrobatic numbers.”

The use of live animals in circuses has been the subject of wide spread debate over the last three decades, particularly after a lengthy campaign from animal rights group PETA.

Hologram of galloping horses
Galloping horses can disappear instantly at this circus

The group focused their attention on the treatment of a number of animals, particularly elephants, and the barbaric methods such as bull hooks being used to ‘train them’.

In a series of undercover videos, PETA exposed how the commercial circus Ringling Bros, had trainers whip and beat elephants used in their shows.

Elephant in a circus
UK legislation has only recently been passed, with Gove’s The Wild Animals in Circuses Bil coming into effect January 2020

Their findings lead to a change in legislation banning bull hooks in certain states, and saw Ringling take thier elephants off the road for good.

But in the UK legislation has only recently been passed, with Gove’s The Wild Animals in Circuses Bil coming into effect January 2020.

The bill will ban animals like camels, reindeer, and Zebras being used for performing by circus operators in the UK.

Twitter users praised the move by the circus as “incredible” with one user @JessicaKnapik thanking the circus for their “compassion and ingenuity”.

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Written by Louise

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