Siegfried & Roy
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|Siegfried & Roy|
Roy (left) and Siegfried with their white lion
Uwe Ludwig "Roy" Horn
June 13, 1939 (Siegfried)
October 3, 1944 (Roy)
Rosenheim, Bavaria, Germany (Siegfried)
Nordenham, Lower Saxony, Germany (Roy)
|Other names||Siegfried & Roy, Masters Of The Impossible|
From 1990 until Roy's tiger injury which had ended their stage careers on October 3, 2003, the duo formed Siegfried & Roy at the Mirage Resort and Casino, which was regarded as the most-visited show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Siegfried Fischbacher (born June 13, 1939) and Roy Horn (born Uwe Ludwig Horn on October 3, 1944) were born in Nazi Germany during World War II. As adults they migrated to the United States and became naturalized citizens. At a young age the duo practiced with pet cats, ultimately developing the method they used to train and perform with larger felids.
In 2004, their act became the basis for the short-lived television series Father of the Pride. Right before its release, the series was almost cancelled until Siegfried & Roy urged NBC to continue production after Roy's injury from October 2003 improved.
On October 3, 2003, during a show at the Mirage, Roy Horn was bitten on the neck by a 7-year-old male white tiger named Mantecore (but often referred to as Montecore). Crew members separated Horn from the tiger and rushed him to the only Level I trauma center in Nevada, University Medical Center. Horn was critically injured and sustained severe blood loss. While being taken to the hospital, Horn said, "Montecore is a great cat. Make sure no harm comes to Montecore."
By 2006, Horn was talking and walking (with assistance from Fischbacher). On Pat O'Brien's television news program The Insider, he commented about his daily rehabilitation, "They are slave drivers over there. You'd think they are the KGB from Russia."
The injury to Roy Horn prompted the Mirage to close the show, and 267 cast and crew members were laid off.
On April 23, 2010, Siegfried & Roy retired from show business. "The last time we closed, we didn’t have a lot of warning," said longtime manager Bernie Yuman. "This is farewell. This is the dot at the end of the sentence."
According to a press release, on March 19, 2014, Mantecore died at the age of 17 after a short illness.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Siegfried & Roy.|
- Official website
- Siegfried & Roy at the Internet Movie Database
- Siegfried Fischbacher at the Internet Movie Database
- Roy Horn at the Internet Movie Database