Considered the Superstars of Magic and one of the most successful long-time performers on the Strip, Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn abruptly had to cease their show at The Mirage when a tiger attacked Roy during a performance on October 3, 2003. The German-born magician sustained critical injuries and struggled to stay alive after severe blood loss, partial paralysis, and a stroke. However, after a near miraculous recovery and the passing of five 1/2 years, Siegfried and Roy will finally get to put on the farewell performance they never got a chance to give.
Siegfried and Roy will make their final stage appearance on February 28, when they perform a compilation of carefully selected illusions during the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute’s “Keep Memory Alive” gala at the Bellagio. The glamorous “Power of Love” gala, which will benefit the Institute’s research, will attract more than 900 supporters and celebrities like Andre Agassi and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Tickets are still available for any fans who want to see Siegfried and Roy’s one-night-only farewell.
The institute, which will open in mid-2009, is dedicated to research and treatment of Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Memory Disorders, and other neurodegenerative diseases and brain disorders. Famed architect Frank Gehry produced an incredible design for the building, which is a mass of intertwined steel representing the human brain. Construction on the facility began last February at a 64-acre parcel at Union Park in downtown Las Vegas. Renowned neurologist Dr. Zaven Khachaturian will head up the Institute’s medical team of top neurologists and researchers.
Taping Siegfried and Roy’s final bow at the Keep Memory Alive gala will be ABC’s 20/20, which has film crews currently in town following the duo’s rehearsals and documenting Roy’s journey to recovery. Elizabeth Vargas will host the special, which is scheduled to air on March 6 at 9 pm Pacific time. ABC is expected to provide an official announcement about the special with more details this week.
“I am thrilled ABC is going to share this unforgettable evening with the world,” said Larry Ruvo, founding chairperson of the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute. “Having said that, only those in the audience that night will be able to say ‘I was there.’ ”
Siegfried and Roy first received their big break while performing at the Monte Carlo casino, where they were spotted by a talent scout. They made their Strip show debut at The Tropicana in 1967 and continued developing their signature show for years at several hotel-casinos like the MGM Grand and The Frontier. In 1990, they permanently settled at The Mirage when they were hired by Encore mastermind Steve Wynn; there, they performed roughly 5,750 shows. The pair even signed a lifetime contract with the resort in 2001, but alas, that contract was cut short.
If you want to witness Siegfried and Roy’s historical final performance, don’t wait to jump on the last few tickets. The gala will also include celebrity chefs Wolfgang Puck, Todd English, Jean-Phillippe Maury, and Martin Heierling. The evening will begin with cocktails and a silent auction at 5:30 pm.
“We are delighted that our final performance can bring attention to the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute and the work that is being done here, because it is worthy of worldwide recognition,” said Siegfried.