Optoma Brings The Circus Into The 21st Century

The circus has been entertaining people for over 100 years, but many haven’t changed all that much from their humble beginnings. That’s why Roncalli circus, which was founded in Germany in 1976, turned to technology to develop the traditional circus experience in an imaginative, creative way.

Roncalli wanted to create 3D holographic images from bright, reliable, long-lasting projectors to fill the circus arena measuring 32 metres wide and 5 metres deep with 360° visibility for the entire audience.

Roncalli’s agency TAG/TRAUM in cooperation with Bluebox selected Optoma as the best solution for this project and installed 11 ZU850 laser projectors for the holographic experience.

Birger Wunderlich at Bluebox states, “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 colours for the 3D effect and the ZU850’s 2,000,000:1 contrast is perfect for this project.”

Boasting superior colour performance and 360° projection capability, Optoma’s ZU850 model with innovative MultiColor laser technology has assisted in creating a phenomenal experience for Roncalli circus visitors.

Thousands of visitors now enjoy a modern, entertaining twist on the circus experience. With 360° projection of horses galloping around the arena and elephants doing head stands, the Roncalli circus experience is not one to miss.

The installation was completed using 11 BX-CTA03 long throw lenses allowing the ZU850 projectors to be positioned further away for ultimate flexibility.

Wunderlich adds, “We chose to install the Optoma ZU850 projectors because we needed a consistent light output over the duration of the installation and Optoma has delivered us this on an exceptional level.”

Feedback for the installation has been positive thus far, with Janine Kunze, an actress from Germany, commenting, “I thought the hologram at the beginning was really great. You actually remember the circus, especially Roncalli, with horses and dogs, they always used to be part of it, and I think they really included it well. Also, in the beginning when they told the story in a new kind of way.”

Katja Burkard, a TV Presenter from Germany concludes, “I find the hologram very contemporary – especially the fact that there are no animals involved is very good.”

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