Siegfried & Roy

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Siegfried & Roy are two German-American magicians Siegfried Fischbacher (b.1939) and Roy Horn (b.1944) that used to work in Las Vegas, USA. Their long running show of magic and illusion was famous for including white tigers.

Due to their dependence on white tigers for their act, the duo started a tiger breeding program.

History

Both born in Germany, they immigrated to the United States where they are now naturalized citizens. Siegfried is a traditional magician (illusionist), whilst Roy grew up among exotic animals.

They met in 1959 when they both found work on a German ocean liner. Siegfried was a cabin steward and Roy a waiter. Siegfried began performing magic for some of the passengers, eventually being allowed to have his own show, with Roy as his assistant.

After developing their show they were given an engagement in Las Vegas. In 1972 they received an award for the best show of the year. In 1990 they were hired by Steve Wynn, the manager of The Mirage, for an annual guarantee of $57.5 million. In 2001, they signed a lifetime contract with the hotel. The duo has appeared in around 5,750 shows together, mostly at The Mirage. Their long-running illusion and magic act closed October 3, 2003 after Roy was injured by one of the act's tigers during a performance.

For their contribution to live theater performance, Siegfried & Roy have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard.

They were profiled in the Canadian television series Grand Illusions: The Story Of Magic that started airing on September 7, 1998.

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