For decades and centuries, people would never have imagined circuses without horses, elephants, monkeys, lions, and the whole works. However, a German circus, Circus Roncalli has recently shunned this tradition, transitioned from flesh and blood to holograms, and the shows remain just as stunning and spectacular.

This German circus has been in the show biz since 1976, but has now decided to change things up in a good way, in an attempt to fight against animal cruelty in the industry.

Although the shows are done by Circus Roncalli still feature the tusks and the tails, and fiery circles and acrobats, not a single animal is real, which marks a world’s first. Circus owner Roncalli sought to create 3D holographic images from projectors from various angles, to fill the arena measuring 32 meters (105 feet) wide and five meters (16 feet) deep with 360° visibility for the entire audience.

In cooperation with Bluebox partnered with Optoma, Roncalli’s agency TAG/TRAUM installed 11 ZU850 laser projectors for a mesmerizing holographic experience.

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

This bold move comes in the middle of increasing international apprehensions about show animals living most of their lives under appalling conditions in captivity, and many circuses have been accused by activists for starving, beating and keeping the show animals in unhygienic conditions while they perform for huge crowds under extremely tight schedules.

For instance, in the UK, from 2020, legislation is before the government which will ban traveling circuses from using wild animals.