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Roy Horn’s 70th celebrated at 1923 and with ‘Michael Jackson One’
Siegfried has said it before, and repeatedly, for a very long time.
“Always, I am waiting for Roy,” he says. “It is the story of my life.”
Siegfried tempered his frustration with a grin. Yes, Roy was behind schedule, it was his 70th birthday and he’d already had a full night before arriving after midnight at a party set to begin two hours earlier. The invitation-only crowd at 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque by Holly Madison finally swarmed the legendary entertainers as they were led into the club.
Balloons loomed throughout the nightspot as Siegfried and Roy were joined by an entourage that included Kenny Ortega (director of Michael Jackson’s thwarted “This is It” stage show and the “High School Musical” series), Bryan Singer (director of “X-Men”); Princess Irene (founder of the Magic Castle illusion enclave in Los Angeles); fellow magician Daren Romeo; and the ever-present Lynette Chappel (the Evil Queen in the duo’s stage show and a loyal confidant, aide and caregiver).
Also in the crowd were a few Las Vegas entertainers: Riviera magician Jan Rouven (soon to be moving out for the big room at Tropicana), singers Ben Stone and Jasmine Trias, and “Absinthe” singer Melody Sweets.
MORE AT LAS VEGAS SUN
FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER! Illusionists Siegfried & Roy will open up their Jungle Palace sanctuary to host a gourmet dinner for the high bidder and 11 friends, in an upcoming charity benefit!
“Iron Chef” Morimoto will prepare the dinner to be served in the Lions Den after the Magicians of the Century tour the visitors through the estate and grounds.
Celebrities including George Clooney, David Copperfield, Sammy Hagar and Siegfried & Roy are lining up with extraordinary gift packages to support the Keep Memory Alive Power of Love Gala and auction at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, April 26.
This year’s glittering event is a salute to recording star Gloria Estefan and husband and producer Emilio Estefan. Hosted by Sir Michael Caine, Quincy Jones and Kenny Ortega, the night also will feature entertainment by Carole King, Queen Latifah, Rita Moreno, Jordin Sparks, Andy Garcia, Ricky Martin, Jon Secada and Fantine, with more still being added.
More auctions: Four people will win George Clooney’s exclusive invitation to lunch or dinner.
and David Copperfield will be the host of another spectacular trip for four people to his island home on Musha Cay and Copperfield Bay in the Bahamas.
CAN YOU IMAGINE?! 1200 guests are expected. Wolfgang puck will be in the kitchen creating masterpieces. Tickets are only $7500! Who wants to take me???
Mantecore, the tiger responsible — but never blamed — for a near-fatal injury to Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy in 2003, died on March 19.
The white tiger was 17 and died “after a short illness,” according to a press release. Zoologists say 17 is within the lower-end parameter of a normal life expectancy for a tiger.
The average lifespan for such a tiger in captivity is 15 to 26 years, according to the San Diego Zoo’s website.
Horn was injured by the 380-pound tiger called Mantecore, whose name is often referred to as Montecore, during a live Siegfried & Roy performance at the Mirage hotel-casino in Las Vegas in 2003.
Horn, 69, and partner Siegfried Fischbacher, 74, have said they believe Mantecore sensed Horn was having a mini-stroke and was dragging him to safety, rather than attacking him. Animal experts have disputed that theory.
After a two-year review, federal investigators never determined what set off the tiger.
“I will forever believe it was his concern for my safety and well-being that caused him to act as he did on that night long ago,” Horn said in a statement. “We spent many hours together and he never failed to bring me great joy and wonderment. It was my great honor to be beside him at the end. He is now playing with his siblings in white tiger heaven.”
Millions of Europeans will watch a four-hour TV documentary this
Thursday of Roy Horn’s amazing 10-year recovery – and in LAS VEGAS, friends will celebrate his 69th birthday at a black-tie gala at the Mirage. It’s exactly a decade since he cheated death not once but three times, flatlining after his beloved
then-7-year-old tiger Montecore caused him major injuries.
Montecore incident. “First, I feel fabulous. Montecore is my blood brother. We are closer than we have ever been.”Siegfried explained: “The cameras recorded Roy feeding Montecore by hand.
the lips, and Roy hugs the tiger. That is real magic. In their faces,
you can see that magic. It gives goose bumps to everybody.”
asked Roy how he felt looking back over the 10 years since the
Montecore incident. “First, I feel fabulous. Montecore is my blood
brother. We are closer than we have ever been.”
The unprecedented European TV broadcast will run from 8 p.m. to midnight
Thursday. “I’d normally be in bed by 10 p.m.,” Siegfried said, laughing. “I can’t imagine anybody watching me for four hours, but the way they filmed it is remarkable.
Vegas stage careers leading up to the 13-year run of 5,000 shows at the
Mirage that ended so suddenly.”THERE IS A GREAT INTERVIEW WITH THE DUO
THIS WEEK IN LAS VEGAS WEEKLY.
A new Siegfried and Roy? Pretty darn close!
footsteps of their idols Siegfried & Roy, but now, after years of
touring and overseas shows, they also are starring in the new “America’s
Got Talent Live” at Palazzo — allowing them to live and work at home.
Raja tells Las Vegas Sun: “The timing is so right to have that kind of a magic
show again. We have always had Siegfried & Roy as inspirations, not
just magically but artistically, their attention to detail. We are also
very detailed guys, very specific about what we want.
you see onstage, from the magic props to the costumes to the originally
composed music, the arranged music, everything you see, we go through
with a fine-tooth comb. We really have used the guys for now 10 years as
a source of inspiration after getting to know them back in 2003.:
Retired Ilusionists Siegfried & Roy were honored at the 14th annual Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow carnival and gala at Caesars Palace.
Celebrities, corporate leaders and politicians turned out to salute the magnificent magicians. Mayor Carolyn Goodman declared Oct. 15 as Siegfried & Roy Day with an official proclamation signed by the Las Vegas City Council recognizing the duo’s extraordinary and selfless contributions to our community and charities.
Celine Dion, Maria Shriver and Terry Fator were joined by MGM chief Jim Murren, hotel mogul Steve Wynn, Southern Wine and Spirits head honcho Larry Ruvo and MGM executives Bobby Baldwin and Felix Rappaport for a video salute to the longtime Las Vegas headliners and residents.