Published 12:22 PM EST, Thu January 14, 2021
Siegfried Fischbacher, an illusionist known for working with exotic cats as one half of Siegfried & Roy, has died from pancreatic cancer, according to his publicist Dave Kirvin. He was 81.
Siegfried and Roy Horn dazzled audiences for decades with their act combining magic and exotic animals. Horn died in May from complications caused by Covid-19.
The pair rose from war-torn Germany to become world-renowned stars of stage, film and television. Their act started in Europe and they later became regulars in Las Vegas, where they performed for four decades.
Their $30 million production at The Mirage — an unheard of amount when it started in 1990 — regularly sold out what was at the time the largest theater in Las Vegas history. The show ended in 2003 after Horn's spine was severed in an on-stage incident with a white tiger.