Circus Roncalli, a Austrian circus, is making headlines worldwide by becoming the first circus to use 3D holograms instead of live animals in their performances.
Along with traditional clown and trapeze acts, the 3D animal animations create a one-of-a-kind spectacle. The show includes traditional circus animals such as horses and elephants, and also adds in less-traditional circus animals, such as sea creatures.
Pulling back the curtain on the magic, the circus shares that the show is made possible by 11 projectors that bring the lifesize animals to life. Elephants, monkeys, tigers, and horses are seen in a true-to-life size and can perform tricks and acrobatics, much like was seen in a traditional circus.
Circus Roncalli first decided that they would no longer use live animals in their show back in 2017, 40 years after their founding in 1976. Animal rights organization, PETA, explains that animals are often treated poorly when traveling with the circus. Circus Roncalli has developed a way to preserve the excitement and wonder from traditional circuses, but posing no risk to any living beings.