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Vegas entertainer Horn continues to improve

He's 'getting better every day' since mauling, manager says

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LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Six weeks after being mauled by a performing tiger, Las Vegas magician Roy Horn has seen "significant" improvement, his manager said Friday.

Bernie Yuman, who manages the entertainment duo Siegfried & Roy, told CNN's Larry King that Horn is "getting better every day."

"His improvement is significant," Yuman said.

Horn, 59, was moved to UCLA Medical Center in late October from a hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he was initially treated after a white tiger dragged him offstage by the neck during a performance at the MGM Mirage casino and hotel.

In the October 3 accident, Horn suffered significant blood loss from the puncture wounds in his neck and had a serious stroke shortly after arriving at the hospital, doctors said last month.

Horn and Siegfried Fischbacher have performed stage magic with big cats for decades and were among the top attractions on the Las Vegas strip.

Yuman said he last saw Horn on Thursday, and that the entertainer is "working diligently" in his rehabilitation. However, he would not respond when asked if Horn could feed himself.

"I'm here tonight to tell you and all of the viewers that we're really optimistic about where Roy is," the manager said.

"Siegfried and I both are very confident that Roy will perhaps do significantly better than most people would under these circumstances because of his strong will and his strong beliefs," Yuman said.

Yuman said Horn continues to get tens of thousands of letters, e-mails and other forms of communication daily.

"We thought perhaps at some point it would slow down," he said. "Instead, it's picking up speed."


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