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June 13, 1939
Rosenheim, Bavaria, Germany
|Died||January 13, 2021 (age 81) |
He immigrated to the United States and is now a naturalized citizens.
Siegfried met Roy 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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