Siegfried Fischbacher, who teamed up with partner Roy Horn to become Siegfried & Roy, one of the most famous magicians in the world 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 to the German newspaper by his sister Dolore, who lives as a nun in Munich picture. His death was later confirmed by his publicist Dave Kirvin.
“He fell asleep gently and peacefully,” said Dolore picture. She said Fischbacher was in the care of hospice nurses at his Las Vegas home.
Horn died of Covid-19 last May at the age of 75.
Known for their extravagant Liberace-style costumes and the use of “big cats” – lions, leopards, jaguars and especially rare white tigers – Siegfried & Roy, partners in life and on stage, carved a 40-year career with elaborate , large-scale illusions. The headlining duo became synonymous with Vegas glamor and exaggerated showbiz glamor.
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Siegfried & Roy began their Vegas career in 1989 at the Mirage Hotel and Casino, which is where it ended. In 2003, a terrible incident occurred in which a white tiger named Montecore attacked Horn, bit him in the neck and pulled him off the stage. The illusionist was badly injured, suffered massive blood loss and had a major stroke. Horn would argue that the stroke occurred before the attack and that Montecore merely protected him by keeping him safe. This report was disputed by one of the duo’s animal trainers.
In addition to her own documentaries – Siegfried & Roy: Masters of the impossible (1997), Siegfried & Roy: The magic box (1999) and TV’s Father of pride and Siegfried & Roy: The magic is backThe duo performed in 1997 Vegas vacation with Chevy Chase and Steven Soderberghs 2001 Ocean’s Eleven Remake.
The funerals will be private and a public memorial will be planned at a later date.