Siegfried Fischbacher, formerly part of the world-famous magician duo “Siegfried and Roy”, died at the age of 81. Fischbacher recently suffered from pancreatic cancer. His sister and nephew confirmed that he has now died to the “Bild” newspaper and the innsalzach24.de portal. The Rosenheim magician was last treated in the United States, where he had long lived. As it was said by friends and relatives, Fischbacher didn’t want to spend his last days in the hospital, but at home. The doctors would have granted him this wish.
He had shared his property “Little Bavaria” in Las Vegas with Roy Horn for over 40 years. Horn died last May in connection with the corona virus.
Siegfried Fischbacher, born in 1939, came from Rosenheim and initially trained as a weaver. He is said to have started doing magic to get the attention of his alcoholic father. In 1959 he was hired as a steward and entertainer on a cruise ship, where he later met Roy Horn. As a duo, they first made a name for themselves in Europe. Working with big cats became her trademark. Her breakthrough was an appearance at the Red Cross Ball in Monte Carlo in 1966 at the invitation of Princess Caroline. Shows in Paris, Puerto Rico, and of course Las Vegas followed. There they had a permanent show from 1981: “Beyond Belief” in the Frontier Hotel. In 1987, Siegfried and Roy signed a five-year contract with the owner of the Mirage Hotel, which was still under construction at the time, for allegedly around $ 57 million.
While Roy took on the role of acrobat and tamer, Siegfried was considered a magician and tinkerer. Fischbacher, known for his English with a Bavarian accent, once said of himself and his partner: “He had the dreams, I had the ideas.” In 2003, their dazzling shows ended suddenly when Horn was seriously injured by one of his white tigers during a show .
As emerged from their joint biography in 2007, Horn and Fischbacher had a long private relationship for a long time. Accordingly, although they separated in 1998, they continued to be close friends until the end. After Horn’s death in May 2020, Fischbacher told the “Bild”: “Roy has now arrived over there and is preparing everything for me there – he promised me that.”