BERLIN (AP) — German information company dpa is reporting that illusionist Siegfried Fischbacher, the surviving member of the duo Siegfried & Roy, has died in Las Vegas at age 81.
The information company mentioned Thursday that Fischbacher’s sister, a nun who lives in Munich, confirmed his loss of life of most cancers.
“He was at dwelling in Las Vegas,” Sister Dolore informed dpa. She mentioned she talked to her brother on the telephone earlier than he died they usually prayed collectively.
“I might pray with him and inform him that I’ll at all times be with him in my coronary heart,” she mentioned.
After the decision, he lay down and fell asleep, she added.
Fischbacher’s long-time present enterprise companion, Roy Horn, died in Might of problems from COVID-19 at a Las Vegas hospital. He was 75.
The duo astonished thousands and thousands with their extraordinary magic methods till Horn was critically injured in 2003 by one of many act’s famed white tigers.
After Horn’s loss of life, Fischbacher informed Germany’s weekly Bild am Sonntag newspaper his greatest good friend would at all times keep by his aspect.
“For dinner, I’ll proceed to have the desk set for him, too. prefer it at all times was the case. I’m not alone,” dpa quoted Fischbacher as telling the newspaper.
For years, Siegfried & Roy was an establishment in Las Vegas, the place Fischbacher and Horn’s magic and artistry persistently attracted sellout crowds. The pair carried out six reveals per week, 44 weeks per 12 months.
Horn and Fischbacher, each natives of Germany, first teamed up in 1957 and made their Las Vegas debut a decade later. Siegfried & Roy started performing on the Mirage in 1990.
The pair gained worldwide recognition for serving to to avoid wasting uncommon white tigers and white lions from extinction. Their $10 million compound was dwelling to dozens of uncommon animals through the years. The white lions and white tigers have been the results of a preservation program that started within the Nineteen Eighties.
The Siegfried & Roy present included animal antics and magic methods, that includes 20 white tigers and lions, the quantity various relying on the evening. The present additionally had different unique animals, together with an elephant.
Born on June 13, 1939 in Rosenheim in Bavaria, Fischbacher discovered his first magic methods as a younger boy, dpa reported.
Horn and Fischbacher met on a cruise ship in 1957. Fischbacher carried out the magic methods, whereas Horn turned his assistant, ultimately suggesting utilizing the cheetah within the act.
They honed their animal-magic present in small golf equipment in Germany and Switzerland within the mid-Sixties. Their break got here in a Monte Carlo on line casino when an agent within the viewers invited them to Las Vegas. The pair made their debut on the Tropicana hotel-casino within the late Sixties.
The illusionists turned widespread within the Nineteen Seventies, receiving their first star billing in 1978 as headliners of the Stardust’s “Lido de Paris.” Their present “Past Perception” opened in 1981 on the Frontier and performed to 1000’s over seven years.
When Horn and Fischbacher turned U.S. residents in 1988, an elated Horn mentioned, “Being an American means all of the issues we imagine in.”