Siegfried Fischbacher, the surviving member of the magic duo Siegfried & Roy who entertained tens of millions with illusions utilizing uncommon animals, has died in Las Vegas, his publicist tells The Related Press. He was 81.
Fischbacher died Wednesday at his house from pancreatic most cancers, Dave Kirvin of Kirvin Doak Communications mentioned Thursday. The information was first reported by German information company dpa.
Fischbacher’s long-time present enterprise associate, Roy Horn, died final yr of problems from COVID-19 at a Las Vegas hospital. He was 75.
The duo astonished tens of millions with their extraordinary magic tips till Horn was critically injured in 2003 by one of many act’s famed white tigers.
In a press release asserting Horn’s loss of life in Might, Fischbacher mentioned, “From the second we met, I knew Roy and I, collectively, would change the world. There might be no Siegfried with out Roy, and no Roy with out Siegfried.”
He later instructed Germany’s weekly Bild am Sonntag newspaper his greatest buddy would all the time keep by his facet.
“For dinner, I’ll proceed to have the desk set for him, too. Prefer it all the time was the case. I’m not alone,” dpa quoted Fischbacher as telling the newspaper.
For years, Siegfried & Roy was an establishment in Las Vegas, the place Fischbacher and Horn’s magic and artistry persistently attracted sellout crowds. The pair carried out six exhibits every week, 44 weeks per yr.
Horn and Fischbacher, each natives of Germany, first teamed up in 1957 and made their Las Vegas debut a decade later. Siegfried & Roy started performing on the Mirage in 1990.
The pair gained worldwide recognition for serving to to avoid wasting uncommon white tigers and white lions from extinction. Their $10 million compound was house to dozens of uncommon animals through the years. The white lions and white tigers have been the results of a preservation program that started within the Nineteen Eighties.
The Siegfried & Roy present integrated animal antics and magic tips, that includes 20 white tigers and lions, the quantity various relying on the night time. The present additionally had different unique animals, together with an elephant.
Born on June 13, 1939 in Rosenheim in Bavaria, Fischbacher discovered his first magic tips as a younger boy, dpa reported.
Horn and Fischbacher met on a cruise ship in 1957. Fischbacher carried out the magic tips, whereas Horn grew to become his assistant, finally suggesting utilizing the cheetah within the act.
They honed their animal-magic present in small golf equipment in Germany and Switzerland within the mid-Sixties. Their break got here in a Monte Carlo on line casino when an agent within the viewers invited them to Las Vegas. The pair made their debut on the Tropicana hotel-casino within the late Sixties.
The illusionists grew to become well-liked within the Seventies, receiving their first star billing in 1978 as headliners of the Stardust’s “Lido de Paris.” Their present “Past Perception” opened in 1981 on the Frontier and performed to 1000’s over seven years.
Once they signed a lifetime contract with the Mirage in 2001, it was estimated they’d carried out 5,000 exhibits on the on line casino for 10 million followers since 1990 and had grossed greater than $1 billion.
“All through the historical past of Las Vegas, no artists have meant extra to the event of Las Vegas’ world repute because the leisure capital of the world than Siegfried and Roy,” Terry Lanni, chairman of MGM Mirage, the on line casino’s mum or dad firm, mentioned after the 2003 assault that injured Horn.
Funeral companies shall be non-public with plans for a public memorial sooner or later.
Davenport reported from Phoenix. Related Press reporter Kirsten Grieshaber in Berlin contributed to this report.
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