Siegfried Fischbacher Of 'Siegfried & Roy' Dead At 81 After Cancer Battle: Report

Written by on January 14, 2021

BERLIN (AP) — German information company dpa is reporting that illusionist Siegfried Fischbacher, the surviving member of duo Siegfried & Roy, has died in Las Vegas at age 81.

The information company stated Thursday that Fischbacher’s sister, a nun who lives in Munich, confirmed his loss of life of most cancers.

“He was at dwelling in Las Vegas,” Sister Dolore instructed dpa. She stated she talked to her brother on the telephone earlier than he died and so they prayed collectively. “I might pray with him and inform him that I’ll at all times be with him in my coronary heart,” she stated.

After the decision, he laid down and fell asleep, she added.

Fischbacher’s long-time present enterprise accomplice, Roy Horn, died in Might of problems from COVID-19 at a Las Vegas hospital. He was 75.

The duo astonished thousands and thousands with their extraordinary magic tips till Horn was critically injured in 2003 by one of many act’s famed white tigers.

For years, Siegfried & Roy was an establishment in Las Vegas, the place Fischbacher and Horn’s magic and artistry constantly attracted sellout crowds. The pair carried out six reveals every week, 44 weeks per 12 months.

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 dwelling to dozens of uncommon animals over time. The white lions and white tigers had been the results of a preservation program that started within the 1980s.

Siegfried Fischbacher, left, and Roy Horn, right, pictured at Elizabeth Taylor's 75th birthday party in 2007.

Siegfried Fischbacher, left, and Roy Horn, proper, pictured at Elizabeth Taylor’s 75th celebration in 2007.

The Siegfried & Roy present included 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.

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-1960s. 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 1960s.

The illusionists grew to become fashionable within the 1970s, 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 hundreds over seven years.

When Horn and Fischbacher grew to become U.S. residents in 1988, an elated Horn stated, “Being an American means all of the issues we imagine in.”

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