The German “Siegfried & Roy” magician Siegfried Fischbacher is dead. He died at the age of 81, as his sister confirmed to the German Press Agency on Thursday. The “Bild” newspaper reported on it first.
Accordingly, Fischbacher died as a result of severe cancer. “Siegfried & Roy” were world-famous for their appearances with white tigers and lions.
“He was at home in Las Vegas,” said Fischbacher’s sister to the dpa. You still called him. “I could still pray with him and tell him that the thoughts of my heart are always with him.” After the conversation he lay down and fell asleep.
Fischbacher’s partner Roy Horn only died last May as a result of Covid-19.
Biggest deal in Las Vegas history
Fischbacher, born on June 13, 1939 in Rosenheim (Bavaria), had already learned magic tricks as a boy. Later he entertained passengers on the “TS Bremen” with magical tricks. There he met the animal lover Roy Horn, who brought exotic animals to the stage.
After a gala performance with the princely couple Rainier and Gracia Patricia in Monaco in 1966, the duo became internationally famous. In 1967, the two of them came to Las Vegas for the first time, according to their German management team, first they performed in the Stardust Casino, then in the Mirage Hotel. In 1988 they negotiated the biggest million dollar deal in the history of the casino city to date.
The duo’s career ended in October 2003 when a Tiger Roy Horn seriously injured a performance. Horn was never able to fully recover from the severe blood loss, strokes and brain surgery after the accident.