Within all of us there is an illusive melody, which when heard and followed will lead you to the fulfillment of your fondest dreams
Last week Illusionists Siegfried Fischbacher & Roy Horn gave a brief final performance that included included Montecore. Montecore is the Bengal tiger whose brutal attack on Horn ended their careers in 2003.
Horn re-emerged Saturday dressed in black robes, his face covered with a skeletal mask. The dark stage was covered in smoke. Horn limped slowly onstage, often steadying himself on Fischbacher’s shoulder.
The two slowly performed a signature illusion as Fischbacher, dressed in white robes and a mask, stood inside a cage, which was then cloaked in drapes. As Horn removed the curtain seconds later, Fischbacher appeared across stage, a hulking tiger in his place.
As the crowd took to its feet, the men removed their masks, Fischbacher standing between the tiger and Horn. They waved and blew kisses at the audience, but said nothing.
An announcer left the crowd with this final thought: “Within all of us there is an illusive melody, which when heard and followed will lead you to the fulfillment of your fondest dreams.”
Siegfried & Roy
quoted from AP article – Siegfried and Roy perform with tiger in final show, February 1, 2009
image – Anderson Mancini
Siegfried & Roy’s appearance was the highlight of a fundraiser for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The center will treat brain disorders like that from which Horn now suffers.
Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn will continue to be involved with their project The Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat.