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Circus Roncalli replaces live animals with holographic projections

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Circus Roncalli in Germany is using holograms instead of live animal performers, in a bid to preserve the traditional circus experience amid concerns over animal cruelty.

The attraction, founded in Germany in 1976, started phasing out animal performances in the 1990s. Since 2018, Circus Roncalli has featured no live animals, only holographic projections with 360° visibility for the entire audience.

Roncalli’s agency TAG/TRAUM in cooperation with Bluebox chose Optoma as the best solution for the project and installed 11 laser projectors for a new holographic experience.

Birger Wunderlich at Bluebox said: “We have been using Optoma projectors for six years and have consistently had a very positive experience in price, performance, and reliability.”

Goldfish, elephants and horses at Circus Roncalli

Visitors can now enjoy a modern, entertaining twist on the circus experience. Roncalli features holographic acts including horses galloping around the arena, elephants doing headstands, and an enormous goldfish hovering in the middle of the ring.

In an interview, moderator Katja Burkard said: “I find the hologram very contemporary – especially the fact that there are no animals involved is very good.”

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Image: Circus Roncalli

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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