This Circus Uses Holograms Instead Of Real Animals To Stop Animal Abuse
For people, the circus was the “Greatest Show on Earth,” an exciting, jaw-dropping and magical experience that conjured a sense of nostalgia from their youth. For the animals, it was hell on earth, a torturous experience with horrendous conditions in captivity. That is all changing now thanks to animal advocates, new laws and human compassion.
With increasing worldwide concern surrounding the treatment of animals, a German circus called Circus Roncalli decided to make a monumental change while keeping the spirit of the circus alive. It became the world’s first holographic circus show. The visually stunning show, which has 360° visibility for the entire audience, still features horses, elephants, lions, fiery circles, clowns and acrobats, but instead uses 3D holographic images from projectors.
According to the media director of Circus Roncalli, Markus Strobl, “Most of the numbers in the show would already be done by the artists and clowns today anyway. The focus of the Circus Roncalli is on poetic and acrobatic numbers.” While Circus Roncalli had used only domestic horses, it stopped using them and completely got rid of using wild animals as far back as the 1990s. It made huge compassionate strides decades before any other circus.
“Thankfully the public is voting with their feet, and increasingly visiting shows where the performers get to choose instead of being forced to perform,” explained the president of Animal Defenders International, Jan Creamer. “This is the future of circus — a performance everyone can enjoy and for which intelligent, sentient beings are not used and depicted as objects of entertainment.”