Siegfried & Roy
Siegfried Fischbacher (born: June 13, 1939)& Roy Horn (born: Uwe Ludwig Horn on October 3, 1944) are a German-American duo of former contemporary magicians and entertainers who became known for their appearances with white lions and white tigers. Inscribed Photograph Postcard, 1999 - 7 1/2 x 5 written in bold blk ink re: "To Carlos!" Photo shows Siegfried & Roy, Masters of the Impossible, with Sitarra, on of their Royal White Tigers. Overall, very fine condition.
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 Mantecore (but often referred to as Montecore 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.”
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."