Siegfried & Roy

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Siegfried & Roy
Siegfried & Roy by Carol M. Highsmith.jpg
Roy (left) and Siegfried with their white lion
Born Siegfried Fischbacher
Uwe Ludwig Horn

(1939-06-13) June 13, 1939 (age 78) (Siegfried)
(1944-10-03) October 3, 1944 (age 72) (Roy)
Rosenheim, Bavaria, Germany (Siegfried)
Nordenham, Lower Saxony, Germany (Roy)
Nationality German
Other names Siegfried & Roy, Masters of the Impossible
Citizenship United States
Occupation Magicians, entertainers
Website http://www.siegfriedandroy.com/

Siegfried & Roy are a German-American duo of contemporary magicians and entertainers who became known for their appearances with white lions and white tigers.

From 1990 until Roy's career-ending tiger injury 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. From 2004 to 2005, Siegfried and Roy were executive producers of Father of the Pride.

Early life[edit]

Siegfried Fischbacher (born June 13, 1939)[1] and Roy Horn (born Uwe Ludwig Horn on October 3, 1944) were born and raised in Germany. They migrated to the United States and became naturalized citizens.

Career[edit]

In 1981, Ken Feld of Irvin & Kenneth Feld Productions started the Beyond Belief show with Siegfried & Roy at the New Frontier Hotel and Casino.[2][3] A revamped version of the show was taken on a world tour in the third quarter of 1988.[3]

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 and dragged by a 7-year-old male white tiger named Montecore.[4] 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.[5] While being taken to the hospital, Horn said, "Montecore is a great cat. Make sure no harm comes to Montecore."[6] The injury to Horn prompted the Mirage to close the show, and 267 cast and crew members were laid off.[7] By 2006, Horn was talking and walking, with assistance from Fischbacher, and appeared on Pat O'Brien's television news program The Insider to discuss his daily rehabilitation.[8] Montecore died in 2014 after a short illness.[9]

In February 2009, the duo staged a final appearance with Montecore as a benefit for the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute. This performance was recorded for broadcast on ABC television's 20/20 program.[10]

Siegfried and Roy in 2012

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."[11]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Today in history". The New York Times. Associated Press. June 13, 2014. Retrieved June 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ Grove, Lloyd (August 28, 2008). "The World According to Kenneth Feld". Upstart Business Journal. American City Business Journals. p. 5,18. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Disney Ice Extravaganza Opens". Los Angeles Times. Times Wire Services. July 1, 1988. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Mauled magician 'critical but stable'". BBC News. 2003-10-05. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  5. ^ "Roy of Siegfried and Roy critical after mauling". CNN. 2003-10-04. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  6. ^ "CNN.com". CNN. 
  7. ^ "Magic show in doubt after mauling". BBC News. 2003-10-06. Retrieved 2009-10-30. 
  8. ^ insider.tv.yahoo.com/celeb/3732/ Archived March 6, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "Montecore, the tiger that injured Roy Horn, has died". 2014-03-25. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  10. ^ "Siegfried and Roy and tiger share final performance". CBC News. Associated Press. 2009-03-01. Archived from the original on 2009-03-02. Retrieved 2009-03-01. 
  11. ^ "Siegfried & Roy Farewell Appearance". Associated Press. 2010-04-23. Archived from the original on 2010-09-05. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  12. ^ Siegfried & Roy: Masters of the Impossible

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