But never let it said that Siegfried and Roy don’t have the ability to forgive. On Saturday Siegfried and Roy gave what was billed as their final Las Vegas performance, featuring a surprise special guest star – Montecore, the gigantic white tiger most famous for going berserk and almost mauling Roy to death on stage in 2003.
Incidentally, if Kris Angel is reading, have you ever thought of investing in a tiger? We hear they’re both fun and safe.
Magicians are always hurt by the things they love the most. It’s why Kris Angel has his heart broken by so many beautiful women, it’s why we’re pretty sure one day David Blaine will be found punching himself in the side of the head near some bins, and it’s why one of Siegfried and Roy was bitten in the neck by a massive tiger in 2003.
We all know the story of Montecore the tiger’s attack on Roy six years ago, so we won’t dwell on it. Needless to say, Siegfried and Roy have long maintained that Montecore only lashed out and mauled Roy’s neck to the point that nobody expected him to survive the attack because he sensed that Roy was having a mini-stroke and was trying to pull him to safety. If that’s true, you should ignore the recent TV adverts – if you think someone is having a stroke, don’t call an ambulance. It’s better to crush their windpipe and sever their neck artery with your enormous claws and teeth.
However, Roy has been working incredibly hard to recover since the attack, so that he could bow out of performing in Las Vegas in the manner of his choosing. And that came on Saturday, when Siegfried and Roy performed their last show, a fundraiser for a brain clinic, at the Bellagio Las Vegas casino. And all Siegfried and Roy’s friends were there. Well, OK, not all their friends. The tiger that almost killed one of them was there. That counts, right? ABC reports:
The two slowly performed a signature illusion as Fischbacher 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. 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.”
That announcement, by the way, was Siegfried and Roy’s second choice of phrase to bow out on, after deciding that “Arrrgh! Jesus Christ, it’s a tiger! It’s a fucking TIGER! Everyone run! RUN! That’s tiger’s a bloody maniac! Someone bloody shoot it or something! Arrgh! Fucking ARRRGH!” wasn’t quite as profound as they wanted.
Incidentally, while we’re genuinely pleased that Roy has physically and emotionally recovered from his injuries enough to perform like this, we doubt that this really is the end of Siegfried and Roy. So let’s hope when they do make a full return, Montecore can be replaced with something a little less dangerous, like a hungry velociraptor who Siegfried keeps hitting on the nose with a rolled-up newspaper or something.