Circus Replaces Animals With Holograms For Ethical Reasons

The German circus Roncalli is the first in the world to use the spectacle - which media outlets have described as 'amazing'
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Elephant hologram at the Circus Roncalli

Elephant hologram at the Circus Roncalli

A German circus has been using holograms instead of animals - the first in the world to do so.

Circus Roncalli Founder Bernhard Paul got the idea after seeing Justin Timberlake performing at the NFL Super Bowl half-time show in 2018. He was accompanied by a hologram of Prince who had died in 2016.

The circus uses 3D holograms from 11 projectors to show horses, elephants, and fish. The images were created by a team of 15 designers and software engineers.

The circus uses holograms instead of live animals

Animals in the circus

The circus, which was founded in 1976, ditched exotic animals in the mid-nineties, but continued to use horses until 2018. Talking about the decision to ditch them, Markus Strobl, Media Director of Circus Roncalli, told RP Online: "We decided against [using] animals for the benefit of the animals.

"The focus of the Circus Roncalli is anyway on poetic and acrobatic numbers."

According to "The new performances are totally animal-free, but they're still plenty entertaining. The images being projected appear to be three dimensional but are actually hitting a flat surface surrounding the center ring, though you’d never know it from your spot in the audience."