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Berlin (AP) — German news agency dpa reports that Siegfried Fishbacher, a surviving member of the illusionist Siegfried & Roy, died in Las Vegas at the age of 81.
The news agency said Thursday that the sister of a nun, Fishbacher, who lives in Munich, confirmed his cancer death.
“He was at home in Las Vegas,” Sister Drawer told dpa. She talked to her on the phone before her brother died and said they prayed with him.
“I was able to pray with him and I was able to tell him that I was always with him,” she said.
After the call, he lay down and fell asleep, she added.
Fishbacher’s longtime show business partner, Roy Horn, died in May at a Las Vegas hospital in a complication of COVID-19. He was 75 years old.
The duo surprised millions of people with their extraordinary magic tricks until Horn was seriously injured in 2003 by one of the famous white tigers in the act.
After Horn’s death, Fishbacher told the German weekly Bild am Sonntag that his best friend would always be with him.
“For dinner, I will continue to prepare dishes for him. As always. I am not alone,” dpa told the newspaper, citing Fischbacher.
For years, Siegfried & Roy has been a Las Vegas institution, and the magic and artistry of Fishbacher and Horn has always captivated a sold-out crowd. The pair performed a show six times a week for 44 weeks a year.
Originally from Germany, Horn and Fishbacher first teamed up in 1957 and made their debut in Las Vegas 10 years later. Siegfried & Roy started playing at Mirage in 1990.
The pair has been internationally recognized for helping to save the rare white tiger and white lion from extinction. Their $ 10 million compound has been home to dozens of rare animals for decades. White lions and white tigers were the result of a conservation program that began in the 1980s.
The Siegfried & Roy show will feature 20 white tigers and lions, incorporating animal antiques and magic tricks. The number depends on the night. There were also other exotic animals at the show, including elephants.
Born June 13, 1939 in Rosenheim, Bavaria, Fishbacher learned his first magic trick as a boy, dpa reported.
Horn and Fishbacher met on a cruise ship in 1957. Fishbacher performed a magic trick, Horn became an assistant, and eventually suggested using a cheetah.
They honed animal magic shows in small clubs in Germany and Switzerland in the mid-1960s. Their break took place at the Monte Carlo Casino when agents in the audience invited them to Las Vegas. The pair made their debut at the Tropicana Hotel Casino in the late 1960s.
The illusionist became popular in the 1970s and received the first star claim in 1978 as the headliner for Stardust’s “Lido de Paris”. Their show “Beyond Belief” was held at the frontier in 1981 and was performed by thousands of people in seven years.
When Horn and Fishbacher became American citizens in 1988, the uplifting Horn said, “Being an American means everything we believe.”
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