German Circus Uses Holograms For A Cruelty-Free Show.

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For as long as any one of us can remember, and for even longer than that, animals have been used as entertainment for humans.

Going to the circus used to be a popular thing for families, but circuses have been struggling to get people to come to their shows. Maybe it is the movies and video games that captured the attention of younger audiences and kept them away, but the reports of horrible animal cruelty at circuses didn't help either. In 2015, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baily decided to remove elephants from their shows which resulted in a decline in ticket sales. Some people were sad to see the elephants removed from the show while others continued to protest about the use of kangaroos, tigers, and horses. Two years later, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey decided to shut down after running for 146 years. Today, thanks to the actions of a few, things are looking up at the circus. This new kind of circus doesn't involve real-life animals, but holographic ones!

This is especially true when it comes to the animals that are used in the circus. Not only do they spend their lives serving humans, but they’re also exposed to extremely inhumane conditions.

While a lot of people talk about making a change, the German Circus Roncalli has actually made quite a few changes.

The first, and most important, is their refusal to keep animals working in their circus. The other changes that they’ve made will absolutely blow your mind.

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The Circus Roncalli uses 3D holographic images to amaze audience members.

In the arena, you can experience interactions with holographic elephants, horses, and even a goldfish! Can you imagine seeing a holographic elephant charge at you from the wall?

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Don't think that everything has changed, though, the show still features other timeless circus acts, like acrobats, clowns, and fire.

But the animals mean more to them than the money they would receive because of their suffering. Roncalli’s agency TAG/TRAUM teamed up with Bluebox and Optoma to create the incredible 3D experience.

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Using 11 ZU850 laser projectors, creators changed the way people saw the circus.

Birger Wunderlich from 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.”

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The German circus hasn’t always been so conscious about the animals that they kept in their care.

But once the founder, Bernhard Paul, realized the gravity of the situation, he invested $500,000 in using the holographic images instead. And he hasn't looked back since.

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While there are steps being made to free these animals from captivity, hopefully, Bernhard’s holographic animals will inspire others to do the same.

Animals weren't put on this Earth to serve us or entertain us. Animals deserve our respect, care, and protection, and thanks to Bernhard, there are fewer animals suffering on a daily basis.

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