Since the eighteenth century, animals have been a part of circuses.
Every type of animal from horses to lions to elephants have been included in circus acts. Unfortunately, though, these animals are often treated cruelly. The animals are typically kept in small cages, and they’re sometimes even whipped during their training.
In recent years, there’s been a backlash against using animals in circuses. Many states in the U.S. have banned the use of animals in circus acts, including Illinois, New Jersey, and Hawaii.
While many people support these bans, there are some people who are upset about the fact that they can’t see their favorite circus animals performing tricks anymore. But now, a circus in Germany has found a solution that will please everyone!
This circus, Roncalli, has started using animal holograms in their shows.
Roncalli has been around since 1976, and for many years they used animals in their circuses.
In the past few years, Roncalli decided they wanted to take their circus in a new direction. And so, they decided to stop using animals in their circus altogether. Instead, they partnered with a projection company called Optoma and began creating new holograms for their show.
“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 colours for the 3D effect and the ZU850’s 2,000,000:1 contrast is perfect for this project,” Birger Wunderlich at Bluebox told Optoma.
Roncalli created tons of beautiful holograms for their show. They included holograms of animals that are typically part of a circus, like elephants and horses. They also created some more out-of-the-box holograms, including this one of a giant goldfish!
Roncalli debuted their new show in 2018, and it got uniformly positive reviews.
“I find the hologram very contemporary – especially the fact that there are no animals involved is very good,” TV presenter Katja Burkard said.
Another audience member said that Roncalli was leading circuses into a new age!
“The new circus which leads us into a new age, unfortunately the “old” circus has gotten a bit dusty, but this is how the circus can remain alive, yes,” moderator Max Schautzer said.
All the audience members agreed on one thing: Roncalli has created a modern circus that perfectly blends the old and the new. Roncalli has proven that it’s possible to include animals in a circus without having to subject the animals to small cages or cruel training regiments.
Roncalli has done an incredible job at creating a new circus for the modern age! If you’d like to get a sneak-peak of their beautiful holograms, check out the video below.
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Source: Optoma EMEA