Siegfried Fischbacher, half of the flamboyant illusionist big cat Siegfried and Roy, died Wednesday at his home in Las Vegas. He was 81.
Fischbacher was terminally ill with pancreatic cancer and recently underwent surgery to remove a tumor, his reps reported in a statement to The Post.
He was released from the hospital earlier this month and was cared for at home by two hospice workers.
The death of the legendary magician comes less than a year after the passing of his longtime stage partner Roy Horn due to complications from COVID-19.
The German-American duo met aboard the TS Bremen cruise ship in 1957, where they tied themselves over Horn̵
Fischbacher worked as a steward and entertainer, and he helped Horn, the captain’s bellboy, to help during his nightly magic show. After the performance, Horn asked the question that changed both of their lives: “Siegfried, disappearing rabbits are common, but can you make a cheetah disappear?”
Their eventual act – which mixed tiger taming with David Copperfield-like magic and a sharp dose of Liberace glitz – was launched in Sin City around 1967. But it was their $ 30 million, 14-year run at the Mirage Theater that began in 1989. , which drove them into global star status in the midst of the height of era of profits.
“We did what we did out of love, not for success or money,” Siegfried once said, according to his representatives. “We had a deep respect for each other. We literally traveled each other: I created Roy and Roy created Siegfried. ”
In 2003, Horn took on a bloody career when Mantacore, a 400-pound Siberian tiger, sank his teeth into a neck during a live performance – not least on his 59th birthday – at the Mirage hotel-casino.
In a 2019 interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the artists said they had made peace with the infamous abuse incident that killed their careers.
“I really do not miss it,” Fischbacher said at the time. “We’ve been on stage in Vegas just in itself for 40 years on stage, you know? And yet we had the most successful show in Las Vegas history. ”
Fischbacher was born in Rosenheim, Germany, on June 13, 1939, and credited his childhood purchase of a magic book to spark a lasting love of magic. Even after his execution days were over, Siegfried could be found daily in The Secret Garden of Siegfried & Roy at The Mirage, which amazed fans with a simple coin trick and always took time for a photo.
His lifelong mantra: “In magic, anything is possible.”