It's high time people come up with new ways to keep themselves enterained, instead of using animals who can't speak for themselves.
Back in the day, going to a circus meant being entertained by humans and animals performing tricks alike. Recently, a lot of circuses have been facing flak in the name of animal cruelty for using tigers, lions, monkeys, and elephants to perform tricks to entertain people. Circus Roncalli has been entertaining crowds with its animal shows since 1976, but recently, they made quite the move to come up with holographic animals to give their customers a whole magical experience, but without actually harming any animals in the process. Genius idea, I must say.
In an attempt to fight against animal cruelty in the industry, Circus Roncalli still features all the animals performing tricks, but none of it is real. Roncalli aimed at creating 3D holographic images from projectors while filling the arena measuring 32 meters (105 feet) wide and 5 meters (16 feet) deep with 360° visibility for the entire audience. TAG/TRUM Film Production Agency works with Circus Roncalli and Bluebox partnered with Optoma for the complete experience, along with 11 ZU850 laser projectors.
Birger Wunderlich at Bluebox said, “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 colors for the 3D effect and the ZU850’s 2,000,000:1 contrast is perfect for this project.” This move to completely eliminate the use of live animals comes at a right time when more and more organizations have come up to blame circuses for the conditions that they keep their animals in.
Animal rights activists have also accused circuses of beating and captivating wild animals to make them perform in difficult situations and forcing them to behave in a way they usually wouldn't. They were also being overworked to please the crowd and being made to stay in very unsanitary environments without proper care or facilities. People seem to be really pleased about the entire thing.
As someone who's already seen it, Eva Ortler said: I've already seen it. They have great artists, so for those who complain about it: first, you obviously didn' t get the point. Second, you pay for the tickets to experience an amazing artistic show (as you do in other circuses as Cirque du Soleil, which has been animal-free for ages!). The holograms are a great magical way to fill construction pauses.
Hans van der Meer added: Circus Roncalli from Germany understood quite soon that 'animals doing tricks' is not circus at all. They have a fabulous show with magic, dance, music, theatre, and acrobatics. They only have some ponies running around. Amazing and very energetic! We saw them some 5 years ago in Amsterdam (they came by train with lots of carriages!) and it was a big party. Claudia Wunderlich chimed in: In some of our cities, it's forbidden to have a show with wild animals. Looks wonderful, I'll try to get a ticket for this! Funny, the woman who explained it, has the same last name as me.
Eva Beckers gushed: I have seen the show and honestly: I expected so much and all it is is a 2 Minute Projection of almost still animals. I could have gone without it. But was WAS great is the use of glass bottles for drinks, Snacks wrapped in paper and of course an epic and totally unforgettable show without animals but with great artists and clowns. Also: THEY STILL HAVE A BAND (which is really really good!). Roxanne Bittman spoke about the reality: I love this idea for a circus. But the concept makes me really sad since I think this is where we are headed with the current extinction crisis. Holograms will be all we have left.