Siegfried & Roy

Siegfried & Roy are a German-American duo of former contemporary magicians and entertainers who became known for their appearances with white lions and white tigers.

From 1990 until Roy’s tiger injury ended their stage careers on October 3, 2003, the duo formed Siegfried & Roy at the Mirage Resort and Casino, which was regarded as the most-visited show in Las Vegas, Nevada. From 2004 to 2005, Siegfried and Roy were executive producers of Father of the Pride.

Siegfried Fischbacher (born June 13, 1939) and Roy Horn (born Uwe Ludwig Horn on October 3, 1944) were born and raised in Germany. They migrated to the United States and became naturalized citizens.

In 2004, their act became the basis for the short-lived television series Father of the Pride. Right before its release, the series was almost cancelled until Siegfried & Roy urged NBC to continue production after Roy’s injury from October 2003 improved.

On October 3, 2003, during a show at the Mirage, Roy Horn was bitten on the neck by a 7-year-old male white tiger named Montecore. Just prior to the attack, Horn appeared to have convulsed in a seizure-like manner[citation needed] that triggered a startled reaction from Montecore, allegedly prompting the white tiger to try and move Horn to safety. Crew members separated Horn from the tiger and rushed him to the only Level I trauma center in Nevada, University Medical Center. Horn was critically injured and sustained severe blood loss. While being taken to the hospital, Horn said, „Montecore is a great cat. Make sure no harm comes to Montecore.“

As of 2006, Horn was talking and walking (with assistance from Fischbacher). On Pat O’Brien’s television news program The Insider, he commented about his daily rehabilitation, „They are slave drivers over there. You’d think they are the KGB from Russia.“

The injury to Roy Horn prompted the Mirage to close the show, and 267 cast and crew members were laid off.

In February 2009, the duo staged a final appearance with Montecore as a benefit for the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute. This performance was recorded for broadcast on ABC television’s 20/20 program.

On April 23, 2010, Siegfried & Roy retired from show business. „The last time we closed, we didn’t have a lot of warning,“ said longtime manager Bernie Yuman. „This is farewell. This is the dot at the end of the sentence.“

According to a press release , on March 19, 2014, Montecore, the tiger who injured Roy Horn, died at age 17 after a short illness.