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Illusionists Siegfried & Roy Return To Las Vegas

March 10th, 2009 · No Comments

Illusionists Siegfried & Roy Return To Las Vegas

In an amazing comeback, legendary illusionists Siegfried and Roy and the Bengal tiger that ended their careers shared the stage again last Saturday night in a final performance for the Keep Memory Alive gala at the Bellagio.

The brief charity show saw Roy Horn and Siegfried Fischbacher side by side with Montecore, the massive white tiger that mauled Horn during a live 2003 performance.

Horn re-emerged on Saturday dressed in black robes, his face covered with a skeletal mask. The dark stage was covered in smoke. Horn limped slowly onstage, often steadying himself on Fischbacher’s shoulder.

The two slowly performed a signature illusion as Fischbacher, dressed in white robes and a mask, stood inside a cage, which was then cloaked in drapes. As Horn removed the curtain seconds later, Fischbacher appeared across stage, a hulking tiger in his place.

As the crowd took to its feet, the men removed their masks. Fischbacher standing between the tiger and Horn. They waved and blew kisses at the audience, but said nothing.

An announcer left the crowd with this final thought: “Within all of us there is an illusive melody, which when heard and followed will lead you to the fulfillment of your fondest dreams.”

The performers’ manager, Bernie Yuman, later confirmed the tiger was Montecore. In October 2003, the tiger sank its teeth into Horn’s neck, dragging him offstage in front of a horrified audience. The illusionist, now 64, was partially paralyzed, suffering a damaged neck artery and crushed windpipe.

After 13 years and more than 5 000 performances, “Siegfried & Roy” show at The Mirage immediately went dark, ending one of the most successful shows in Las Vegas history.

The pair have said they believe Montecore sensed Horn was having a mini-stroke and was dragging him to safety, rather than attacking him. Animal experts have disputed that theory. After a two-year review, federal investigators never determined what set off the tiger.

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