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Siegfried & Roy Illusionist was 81 – Deadline

Siegfried Fischbacher, who teamed up with his partner Roy Horn to become Siegfried & Roy, one of the world’s most famous magicians and one of the biggest draws in Las Vegas, died yesterday at his Las Vegas home. He was 81 years old.

The cause was pancreatic cancer. Fischbacher’s death was announced by his sister Dolore, who lives as a nun in Munich, Germany, to the German newspaper Bild. His death was later confirmed by his publicist Dave Kirvin.

“He fell asleep quietly and peacefully,” Dolore said. Bild. She said Fischbacher had been looked after by hospice nurses at her Las Vegas home.

Horn died last May of Covid-19 at the age of 75.

Known for their flamboyant Liberace-style costumes and the use in their act of “big cats” – lions, leopards, jaguars and, most importantly, rare white tigers – Siegfried & Roy, partners in life and on stage, sculpted a 40 years of career with illusions developed on a large scale. The headlining duo have become synonymous with Vegas glitz and exaggerated show biz glamor.

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Siegfried & Roy began their Vegas career in 1989 at the Mirage Hotel & Casino, also the place of their end. In 2003, a horrific incident occurred in which a white tiger named Montecore attacked Horn, biting his neck and dragging him off the stage. The illusionist was seriously injured, suffered massive blood loss, and had a severe stroke. Horn would argue that the stroke happened before the attack and that Montecore was only protecting him by dragging him to safety. This account was disputed by one of the duo’s animal trainers.

In addition to appearing in their own documentaries – Siegfried & Roy: masters of the impossible (1997), Siegfried & Roy: the magic box (1999) and televisions Father of pride and Siegfried & Roy: The Magic Return, the duo made appearances in 1997 Vegas Vacations with Chevy Chase and Steven Soderbergh’s 2001 Ocean’s Eleven remake.

Funeral services will be private, with a public memorial to be planned at a later date.

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