Siegfried Fischbacher, who was born in Rosenheim, died at the age of 81 of pancreatic cancer. Just a few months later, he followed his colleague Roy Horn. </p><div>
<p>"He was at home in Las Vegas," said Siegfried Fischbacher's sister on Thursday of the dpa. You still called him. "I could still pray with him and tell him that I am always with him with the thoughts of my heart." After the conversation he lay down and fell asleep.</p>
As “Siegfried & Roy” they were acclaimed. Siegfried Fischbacher, born in Rosenheim in Bavaria, and his partner Roy Horn from Nordenham near Bremen had fulfilled a dream with their show on the Las Vegas Strip – an explosive mix of magic, illusions and exotic animals. It came to an abrupt end in October 2003 when the tamer Horn was attacked and critically injured by the white tiger Montecore in front of more than 1,500 horrified spectators.
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Siegfried and Roy in Las Vegas in 1995. </figcaption></figure><a href="https://www.de24.news/"><img class="alignnone size-medium" src="https://www.de24.news/a1/de24.png" alt="© www.de24.news" width="400" height="20" /></a> The tragic accident forced the award-winning "Masters of the Impossible" into early retirement. <a href="https://www.de24.news/"><img class="alignnone size-medium" src="https://www.de24.news/a1/de24.png" alt="© www.de24.news" width="400" height="20" /></a> The five years older Fischbacher suddenly became the carer and support of the animal tamer, who was paralyzed on one side. Its doctors spoke of a "miracle" that he survived the serious injuries at all. Horn finally died of Covid-19 a few months ago. Well followed
him Fischbacher, who died of cancer on Wednesday at the age of 81.
Siegfried: “I’m to Rosenheimer”
Joint public appearances by the former magician duo had become rare in previous years. Horn has been dependent on a walking aid or a wheelchair since the accident. In November 2017, however, they still traveled to Germany together. In his Bavarian homeland, Fischbacher met his younger sister, a nun, and his older brother who was still living in Rosenheim.
Fischbacher always remained connected to his hometown. In 2010 he arrived as a guest of honor for the opening of the State Garden Show. “I grew up here,” he said of his roots, “and I’ve always been very proud of that.” In a mixture of Upper Bavarian dialect and German with an English accent, he added: “I am an Rosenheimer.”
Fischbacher was born on June 13, 1939 in Rosenheim, where he learned his first magic tricks as a boy. After finishing school he worked in a hotel on Lake Garda before he was hired as a ship steward on the "TS Bremen" and soon became an entertainer for the passengers with magical tricks. <a href="https://www.de24.news/"><img class="alignnone size-medium" src="https://www.de24.news/a1/de24.png" alt="© www.de24.news" width="400" height="20" /></a> The re he met the animal lover Roy Horn, who was fascinated by Siegfried's magic.
Instead of pulling rabbits out of their hats, Roy suggested that his cheetah, hidden on board, be built into the number. From then on, the duo brought more and more exotic animals onto the stage. Together they played magic and animal tricks through smaller theaters until they achieved their international breakthrough in Monaco in 1966 with a gala performance with the Prince and Princess of Rainier and Gracia Patricia.
In 1967 they came to Las Vegas for the first time, according to their management in Germany, and from 1970 they could be seen there for three years in the Stardust. In 1988 they negotiated the biggest multi-million dollar deal in the history of the casino city with the Mirage Hotel. With their rare white tigers and other big cats, the duo kept millions of fans in suspense until the attack in Montecore on October 3, 2003.
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Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn with a white tiger on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, Los Angeles. </figcaption></figure>
“Tiger Montecore wanted to help Roy”
Just a few days after the gruesome incident, Fischbacher had taken protection of the white tiger. Montecore did not want to kill Roy, but rather wanted to help him, said the magician on the legendary US talker Larry King. When Roy slipped on stage, the tiger grabbed his neck and pulled him behind the stage curtain to take him to a safe place, Fischbacher described the incident.
Horn did not blame the big cat either, on the contrary. After Montecore’s death in 2014, the trainer wrote on Facebook that his “beloved 17-year-old white tiger, friend and brother” had died.
The illusionists had expanded their retirement home “Little Bavaria” on the outskirts of Las Vegas into an exotic jungle palace. The y lived with numerous big cats and other animals on the huge property.
After Roy’s death in May 2020, Fischbacher spoke about losing his best friend. He told “Bild am Sonntag” that Roy was still with him. “I’ll keep covering for him at dinner, as it always was. I’m not alone.”
Thommy Ten and Amélie van Tass mourn
The Austrian magic world champions Thommy Ten and Amélie van Tass also expressed their grief. “It was with deep sadness that we heard the news that our friend, the legendary magician Siegfried Fischbacher, passed away last night,” the duo posted on Facebook. The young mental magicians who made hundreds of appearances in Las Vegas were close friends with Siegfried & Roy. The show legends promoted Thommy Ten as a young solo up-and-coming artist.
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