This decision has been welcomed by animal rights activists and it was about time.
The use of live animals in circus performances has been a much-talked-about issue for decades. In fact, it shouldn't even be a debate. Humans should never encourage the cruelty of animals in any form. However, most of these debates end up with vague plans to ban the use of circus animals, but it hardly comes to fruition in reality.
But it looks like there are some good souls out there who actually decided to put an end to this animal cruelty. Case in point, this German circus group that has become the first of its kind to use holograms instead of real animals for its acts, reported Bored Panda. This idea came to life when the founder of Circus Roncalli, Bernhard Paul was watching NFL Super Bowl half-time show in 2018.
The happy news we all need on this Friday! #techforgood— laura i. gómez (@laura) January 17, 2020
"A German Circus Uses Stunning Holograms Instead of Live Animal Performers:"
Circus Roncalli is preserving the tradition of animal acts while eliminating concerns of animal cruelty.https://t.co/yTvEzzL8YB
During the performance, Paul saw Justin Timberlake's performance where he was singing beside a hologram of music legend Prince, who passed away just a few years ago. This left such a deep and long-lasting effect on Paul that he was determined to come up with a technique where he didn't have to put a live animal show but still attract the audience. Thanks to the NFL performance, Circus Roncalli now uses 11 projectors to create the 3D holograms and other projections in their show and the results are mesmerizing.
It took 15 crew members and software engineers to pull off the whole thing and every bit of it was worth it. Circus Roncalli has been doing these shows since 1976 but has decided to bring a radical change in the business. This is also their attempt to fight against animal cruelty that is so rampant in the entertainment industry. Now, there are holograms of horses, elephants, that appear out of nowhere and are seen running around the circus ring while entertaining the audience at the same time.
Travelling Circuses = Animal Abuse— Robb Edwards 🌱 (@RobRobbEdwards) April 11, 2020
A Circus is an unnatural environment for any Animal
They rely on tricks to draw in crowds, tricks are physically uncomfortable and behaviourally unnatural.
Physical punishment has always been the standard training method pic.twitter.com/yfqRmjHFag
The show also features fiery circles and acrobats, but none of the animals are real. It was Paul's vision to create 3D images from hologram projectors while filling the arena measuring 105 feet wide and 16 feet deep with 360-degree visibility so that the audience can have an immersive experience. Roncalli’s agency TAG/TRAUM, along with Bluebox, partnered with Optoma, and 11 ZU850 laser projectors, put on the great show without harming any living being.
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.” The decision to use animals for entertainment in circuses has been a topic of debate amongst animal activists all over the world.
Their decision to not use live animals for entertainment purposes has been welcomed by many animal rights activists. Circus Roncalli said their focus was on clowns, acrobats, and poetic acts from the start in order to provide an easy transition for their audience.