Las Vegas – Today we received the sad news of Siegfried Fischbacher, who died at age 81 from pancreatic cancer. The metastasis was recently removed, but the cancer has already spread. After undergoing a 12-hour operation, Siegfried left the clinic, at his request, to return to his home in Las Vegas, where he died in his familiar surroundings.
Siegfried & Roy was originally a German dupe duo. The duo consisted of friends Siegfried Fischbacher (Rosenheim, June 13, 1939) and Roy Uwe Ludwig Horn (Blexen, October 3, 1944 – Las Vegas, May 8, 2020). They both immigrated (independently) to the USA; Where they became citizens. Siegfried is a deceiver, while Roy grew up among exotic animals and thus gets along well with them. These two skills combined to produce a known combination of illusion and the use of white and black tigers.
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They met in 1959 while working on a German cruise ship; Siegfried as cabin host and Roy as waiter. Siegfried did some magic tricks for some of the passengers, which eventually resulted in him being allowed to perform his own show. Roy became his assistant. The Chico cheetah, which Roy had smuggled in on the ship, gave birth to the idea of including animals in the parade.
After developing this show, they began performing in Las Vegas. In 1972 their show was voted Best Show of the Year. In 1990, they were hired by Steve Wayne, director of The Mirage, for an annual fee of $ 57.5 million. This led in the beginning of the year 2000 to the signing of a contract with the hotel for life. The duo made nearly 5,750 shows together, most of them on The Mirage. Their show ended on October 3, 2003 when Roy was seriously injured during the performance.
On October 22, 2003, Siegfried & Roy was awarded the World Entertainment Award. Siegfried traveled alone to Hamburg to collect the award – also on Roy’s behalf – from Mikhail Gorbachev. At the time, Roy was still in critical condition in an American hospital.
Roy was attacked by one of his tigers called Mantecore on October 3, 2003, on his 59th birthday. While performing in The Mirage, the seven-year-old tiger bit his shoulder. While being taken to the hospital, Horne was said to have said don’t hurt the cat. The severe injuries meant the duo decided not to perform again.
During his months in the hospital, he was paralyzed, had a heart attack, and part of his skull was temporarily removed to relieve the pressure on his brain. It is unclear if Mantecore actually attacked Roy. Roy raised and trained him extensively for six years. During an interview on the Larry King Show, Siegfried said that Roy fell during the performance, and that Mantecore wanted to take him to safety by holding him from his back. After all, Mantecore could not know that Roy, unlike the young tiger, did not have a fur and a thick scruff. Siegfried said that if Mantecour had really wanted to harm Roy, he would have simply broken Roy’s neck and threw him.
Steve Wayne, former owner of The Mirage, said Mantecore was distracting a woman with an amazing haircut. When the woman was also leaning forward to play the tiger, Roy would jump between them to protect the woman. According to Lewin, the tiger gently grabbed Roy’s right arm between its jaws without breaking its clothes. But when Roy fell, the staff jumped over the tiger. Only then did the tiger panic and attempt to take Roy to safety by pulling him off the stage. The staff would have even tried to separate the two by spraying them with a fire extinguisher.
Since 2006, Roy could talk and walk again, although he still needed Siegfried’s help. Mantecore passed away in March 2014 at the age of 17. The duo donated a number of white tigers to the safari park in Schloss Holt-Stockenbroek near Bielefeld. Roy Horne died on May 8, 2020 in a Las Vegas hospital from the effects of the Coronavirus.
Siegfried & Roy have their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard.
Siegfried & Roy are friends with the duo, Bassie and Adriaan. Both duo became friends in the 1960s when Bass and Ad Van Tour were still playing The Crocksons. For Bassie & Adriaan and A Trip Full of Surprises (in America), the duo were allowed to film in the house and garden of Siegfried & Roy. Episode 10 Het Path Der Berberheden Siegfried and Roy see themselves.