Published: Fri, January 15, 2021

Siegfried Fischbacher, surviving member of Siegfried & Roy duo, has died

Siegfried Fischbacher, surviving member of Siegfried & Roy duo, has died

Fischbacher's death comes only eight months after his longtime stage partner Roy Horn passed away from complications due to COVID-19 at the age of 75. He loved magic so much growing up that he worked as an entertainer on a cruise ship.

The pair got their start in Las Vegas as the featured act in notable Las Vegas revues "Follies Bergère", "Hallelujah Hollywood" and "Lido de Paris".

Siegfried & Roy were a household name for decades and left a lasting impact on the entertainment industry.

The pair started performing at the Mirage hotel in 1989, selling out nearly nightly in what was formerly the largest hotel in Las Vegas. "There could be no Siegfried without Roy, and no Roy without Siegfried".

But they shot to worldwide fame after launching their Las Vegas shows in the 1960s.

'From the moment we met, I knew Roy and I, together, would change the world.

Siegfried and Roy teamed up in their native Germany in the 1950s, and the highlight of their extravagant shows was their performances with white lions and white tigers. His illness was only announced days before his death and although he underwent a 12-hour surgery to remove a tumor, it was discovered that the cancer had spread throughout his body.

"Siegfried & Roy" gained global attention for their work with big cats in Vegas for many years, but a tiger-attack almost ended Horn's life and put a stop to their act in 2003.

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For years, Siegfried & Roy was an institution in Las Vegas, where Fischbacher and Horn's magic and artistry consistently attracted sell-out crowds. "I'm not alone", dpa quoted Fischbacher as saying.

The pair made their debut at the Tropicana hotel-casino in the late 1960s. The German duo began performing in Las Vegas in 1967.

When Horn and Fischbacher became USA citizens in 1988, an elated Horn said: 'Being an American means all the things we believe in'.

They became headliners in "Beyond Belief" at the New Frontier in 1981.

Horn was left partially paralyzed and using a wheelchair after being attacked by a 400-pound white Bengal tiger named Montecore during one of their performances at The Mirage hotel-casino in Las Vegas in 2003. Trainers eventually got the tiger to release Horn, but not before the magician suffered major injuries that would inhibit his verbal and motor abilities for the rest of his life.

Siegfried paid tribute to his "best friend" in a statement at the time.

According to legend, Roy had smuggled his pet cheetah on board, and asked the magician: "Siegfried, disappearing rabbits is ordinary, but can you make a cheetah disappear?"

Funeral services will be private with plans for a public memorial in the future.


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