Siegfried Fischbacher, Surviving Member of Siegfried & Roy Has Died at 81

Brunilde Fioravanti
Gennaio 14, 2021

Siegfried Fischbacher, whose 50-year collaboration with Roy Horn created "Siegfried & Roy", died last night at his home in Las Vegas from pancreatic cancer.

Siegfried died just a few months after his long-term partner, Roy Horn, died at the age of 75 because of COVID-19.

Before they opened an extravagant show at The Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas in 1990, Fischbacher and Horn had built a successful brand as Siegfried and Roy, entertainers who performed everywhere around the world from cruise ships to casinos.

NBC News Los Angeles added: "The pair gained global recognition for helping to save rare white tigers and white lions from extinction".

Hotel mogul Steve Wynn bought the unbelievable duo to The Mirage hotel-casino in 1990.

After thousands of performances together, Fischbacher and Horn's show at The Mirage came to an unexpected close in 2003 following an onstage incident involving Horn and his white Bengal tiger, Mantecore.

First of all, we have been a very good team.

For Fischbacher, it all began with a child's curiosity. In 1956, he moved to Italy and found work at a hotel. That is where he asked Roy and asked him to assist him during a show.

Siegfried Fischbacher
Illusionist Siegfried Fischbacher dies aged 81 in Las Vegas after a battle with cancer

After a pause to consider, Fischbacher replied, "In magic, anything is possible". After that, they began working on a cruise line based in NY.

Siegfried Fischbacher was born in Germany in 1939. "We had a deep respect for each other".

In a statement announcing Horn's death in May, Fischbacher said: "From the moment we met, I knew Roy and I, together, would change the world". "They put Las Vegas on the map not only as spectacular illusionists but also as breeders, trainers and caretakers" of their performance animals.

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".

The $30-million production - unheard of at the time - sold out the then-largest theater in Las Vegas history nightly.

The white lions and white tigers were the result of a preservation program that began in the 1980s. There could be no Siegfried without Roy, and no Roy without Siegfried. The pair performed six shows a week, 44 weeks a year.

They added he was being cared for at home by two hospice workers after having a tumour removed.

The duo would still appeared in public on occasion in Las Vegas and Siegfried was often spotted at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage hotel-casino.

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