Have you ever been to the circus? If so, then you’ll know that most shows use clowns, magicians, and acrobats to entertain their audiences. Of course, no circus would be complete without its use of trained live animals. That is, until now. Read on see how Circus Roncalli is making headlines for swapping real animals for holograms to end animal cruelty.
Even though Circus Roncalli has entertained German audiences since 1976, the show has introduced something new: animal holograms. While Circus Roncalli still uses acrobats and fire-spinners, all of the animals that it features are 3D holograms. Surprisingly, the arena dazzles viewers with holographic horses and elephants every night. For this impressive feat, Circus Roncalli teamed up with Bluebox and Optoma. Together, they installed over 10 laser projectors for an unforgettable evening.
About their special project, Bluebox representative Birger Wunderlich shared, “We have been using Optoma projectors for 6 years and have consistently had a very positive experience in price, performance, and reliability.” Wunderlich continued, “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.”
Why did the circus decide to use holograms in the first place? Apparently, Circus Roncalli’s decision to use holograms instead of real animals stemmed from their concerns about animal cruelty. The circus’ animal-friendly act couldn’t have come at a better time. In fact, protestors have begun to boycott circuses for profiting from parading malnourished, beaten, and over-worked animals in front of an audience. According to PETA, some animal trainers even use whips, collars, and muzzles to coax their animals to perform. Sadly, PETA also reported that circuses are often let off the hook for abusing animals because their training sessions aren’t supervised by the government.
Luckily, the U.K. government is actually starting to work on legislation that would forbid the use of wild animals in circus shows by 2020. Spearheaded by the non-profit organization Animal Defenders International, the U.K. has been researching animal abuse in British big tops for the last two decades. About the Wild Animals in Circuses Bill, British Environmental Secretary Michael Gove stated, “travelling circuses are no place for wild animals in the 21st century and I am pleased that this legislation will put an end to this practice for good.”
Save The Animals
Want to know the best part? More circuses are following Circus Roncalli’s lead in its fight against animal cruelty. For instance, Shrine Circuses has recently embraced non-animals shows as well. The proof? Shrine Circus producer James Hamid Sr. shared that “as we look into the future, we see all circuses moving to non-animal productions. Over the last 20 years, both through strict regulation as well as changing public sentiment, performing animal acts have begun to be a thing of the past.”
If you’re looking for an animal-friendly circus to support, there are tons of big tops that use animal-alternatives in their acts. For circus fans living in Vegas, it’s easier than ever to attend Circus 1903’s non-animal production. Plus, you can enjoy animal-free shows at Circus Finelli and Circus Center in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you live in New Mexico, Circus Luminous is another show that doesn’t use wild animals. As if that wasn’t enough, you can always catch a non-animal production at the Cirque Legacy, Circus Vargas, and Cirque Italia throughout America. Of course, Circus Roncalli’s use of holograms has gone viral. Shockingly, Circus Roncalli’s Facebook page already has over 45,000 likes, more than 45,000 followers, and almost 4,000 check-ins!
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