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.”
Star magician Siegfried Fischbacher is terminally ill with cancer. The magician has already made provisions for his beloved white tigers.
Fans of the famous magician duo “Siegfried & Roy” were shocked by the news that after the sad death of Roy Horn (†), his colleague and partner Siegfried Fischbacher (81) is also seriously ill. The magician suffers from pancreatic cancer and can no longer be saved. The artist spends his last days in his villa “Little Bavaria”.
White tigers in private zoo
“Siegfried & Roy” became superstars with exotic shows, in which they presented their beloved white tigers in addition to other animals. Away from the arena, too, her life revolved around the elegant big cats, which should lack for nothing. That’s why 30 tigers the wizard still live in a spacious zoo next to the “Mirage” hotel in Las Vegas. And that should remain so even after Siegfried’s death, as the artist states in his will.
Will dictates what should happen to tigers
In his last will, according to the “Bild” newspaper, the white tigers are taken care of, because their home zoo in the gaming metropolis is to remain a tourist attraction. The fortune of the two magicians – an estimate of 185 million euros – is parked in a foundation, it is said. Two years ago Siegfried was already thinking about what should happen to his beloved animals: “Our legacy is to save the white tigers from extinction,” he explained to the “Bild” newspaper at the time. “Even if we are no longer there, their continued existence should be ensured.”
Uwe Ludwig Horn, called Roy, was born on October 3, 1944 in Nordenham, Lower Saxony. He discovered his love for animals early on. He was particularly taken with a cheetah named Chico in the Bremen zoo. He dropped out of school at 13 and hired as a page on the cruise ship “Bremen”. There he met his future partner Siegfried Fischbacher at the end of the 1950s, who performed magic tricks for the passengers on board. Horn was completely unimpressed by Fischbacher’s show, the two tell the story again and again later. Nice and good to conjure up a rabbit from the stage: “Why not make a cheetah disappear?” Horn is said to have led Fischbacher to his cabin: Chico was sitting there, smuggled on board with the help of Horn’s uncle, co-founder of the Bremen Zoo .
MIllions of viewers around the world have recently watched the Netflix documentary “Tiger King” with fascination and alienation, which offers an entertaining and scary insight into the strange world of Americans who share their home with big cats. The protagonist is a flashy, shady guy with the stage name Joe Exotic, who kept a private zoo with tigers and other big cats and is now in prison after allegedly wanting to have an adversary murdered. The Joe Exotic considered himself the biggest attraction of his shabby zoo, and the series is named after the honorary title he gave himself.
Editor in the “Life” section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.
But the “Tiger King” of the American entertainment industry was actually a completely different one. There are recordings showing Roy Horn meditating in the middle of a sea of glowing candles, a mighty white tiger at his feet. The image exudes a majestic dignity that a Joe Exotic could never achieve, and at the same time looks as weird and over the top as it should be if you want to cause a stir in show business.
At the appearances with which the late Roy Horn and his partner Siegfried Fischbacher had cast a spell over the audience for decades, everything was a tad larger, glaring and more dangerous than we were used to. Specialists may judge whether Siegfried & Roy were the best magicians of all time; In any case, none of their competitors has become more famous and more successful over a long period of time, also commercially. Never before had anyone got as much money for live shows as Siegfried and Roy from the Mirage hotel in Las Vegas, who secured their services for a total of $ 57.5 million.
German artists rarely become world stars, and those who do it often embody values that the international public apparently connects with our country: a good deal of eccentricity, coupled with sweaty hard work. This applies to Rammstein as well as to Karl Lagerfeld and certainly also to Siegfried and Roy, who indulged in the glitter of their stage shows privately and splashed with the big cats in the pool of their swanky villas. The great animal lover Roy, his partner Siegfried said in a documentary from ABC News, was “fearless”: without fear of life, of loving and of giving. The images in the documentary show a radiant Roy flying through the garden on the back of one of his white tigers. He is “very happy to have a good family,” says Horn himself. The animals are meant.
“Roy made the difference”
In their post-war childhood, neither Siegfried nor Roy, who was born in Nordenham in Lower Saxony, saw an intact family that gave the sons love and security. He was attracted to animals early, he said he could hear them thinking. In 1959 Fischbacher was hired as a steward and entertainer on the turbine ship Bremen, a year later he met Horn, who had smuggled a live cheetah on board; the animal became an integral part of the shows now presented as a duo and the forefather of all the animals with which Siegfried and Roy amazed the audience. The stage designer John Napier, who worked with the two, praises their shows as “a mixture of Marvel comics and Wagner”.
If you like, the man with the Nibelungen name brought the German element into the partnership – and the one born as Uwe Ludwig Horn the American lightness. Siegfried, the tireless inventor who still speaks English with a Bavarian accent, said about himself and his partner: “He had dreams, I had ideas.” And: “In show business you don’t have to be good, you have to be different. Roy made the difference. ”As an acrobat and trainer, Horn caused a special thrill when he struggled with the mighty big cats. He described himself as the “father figure” of the animals and as their “safety blanket”: as long as he was with them, nothing bad would happen. This was valid until October 3, 2003, when Horn was seriously injured by Tiger Mantecore on his birthday during a show; the circumstances of the accident are controversial. It was the end of Siegfried and Roy as a stage duo. Roy Horn, who has been paralyzed on both sides since then, continued to speak of Mantecore as his “blood brother”.
Even those who have never seen Siegfried and Roy live know their legend. In the show “Schmidteinander” they were regularly parodied by Harald Schmidt and Herbert Feuerstein, who kept shouting: “Look at me, I’m Roy!” In the “Simpsons” in 1993 they appeared as “Gunter und Ernst” and are, bad omen, attacked by their tigers. The days of Siegfried and Roy would probably have been over even without Horn’s private tragedy: wild animals are now frowned upon in circus and magic shows.
“It is better to live an unusual life as an ordinary person than the other way around,” Roy Horn once told Esquire magazine. The unusual life of the man who survived a tiger’s attack has now ended on Friday due to a coronavirus infection. His longtime stage and temporary life partner Siegfried declared that he had lost his best friend with Roy.