German Circus Eliminates Live Animals Thanks To Incredible Holographic Technology

All Thanks To The Super Bowl

Circus Roncalli Premiere, 18.08.2018 holographic horses
Photo Credit: Circus Roncalli via Flickr

The idea for the 3-D holograms reportedly came to Bernhard Paul while he was watching the 2018 NFL Super Bowl halftime show where Justin Timberlake performed with a holographic rendering of Prince. Circus Roncalli’s shows had not featured live animals since 2018 and Paul believed holographic images could be a way to have the best of both worlds.

Circus Roncalli began phasing out animal performances in the 1990s for a number of reasons, both ethical and financial. It was estimated that transporting animal performers could cost up to $90,000 per single trip.