Review Of Siegfried & Roy

Playing in the Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden at the The Mirage
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Updated 08/01/2003

Siegfried & Roy (CLOSED)

By Chuck Rounds

10/3/03

Tonight...on the day of Roy Horn’s 59th birthday, he was attacked onstage by one of his white tigers. The attack caused serious injury to him, and he is now in the hospital in stable, but critical condition. The show has been cancelled indefinitely.

Siegfried & Roy have dedicated a large portion of their lives to the preservation of both white tigers and white lions, and their efforts have brought these animals back from the brink of extinction. There are only 3 sanctuaries in the world that are dedicated to helping these big cats, and one of them is here in Las Vegas. Their love, respect and devotion to the conservation of rare and endangered white tigers and white lions have earned them global respect. In the years to come, when other generations of people are able to see the beauty of these animals, they will have Siegfried & Roy to thank. No matter what anyone may think, it is impossible to not give them lauds and praise for these efforts.

For four decades Siegfried & Roy have worked with these animals and have never had a serious incident. These are, however, still wild animals at their heart and instinctual level...and something went wrong.

Siegfried & Roy have entertained tens of millions of people globally in their careers. We admire their philanthropic efforts, and we revel in their achievements. They are the very essence of Las Vegas.

We fervently hope that Roy will completely recover from his injuries, and we remain shocked, stunned, and amazed by the entire incident. It seems utterly impossible that this could happen.

Roy...we send you our thoughts, our energy, our hopes, and our prayers...get better. We want to see you again, onstage, and doing that which you love.



Siegfried & Roy are playing inside the Siegfried & Roy Theatre at the Mirage Hotel & Casino. These men are Las Vegas icons and legends, and their venerable show has become a landmark production that is representative of Las Vegas itself.

The show is a fantasy come true--filled with mystery, adventure and wonder. It is Siegfried & Roy’s world of dreams and hope. The pair has been named the "Magicians of the Century" and "The Masters of Illusion." They have been given a lifetime contract. They have a statue honoring them in front of the hotel. They are recognized globally and have continual references made to them. They have even had their own Saturday morning cartoon. It is a lot to live up to each night, and yet, they seem to carry off each of their performances with style and panache.

Before even stepping into the theatre, expectations are exceedingly high. Everyone has heard of Siegfried & Roy--their reputations have definitely preceded them. Everyone is anticipating the white tigers, the lions, and the spectacle…and everyone has just paid a lot of money in order to see the show. In just about everyone’s mind is the thought that, "this had better be a damn good show." Fortunately, the truth of the matter is that it is, indeed, a damn good show. It is the extravaganza of all extravaganzas.

The show is not perfect, but it is always fun. The provided program says, "Don’t call us magicians or conjurers--storytellers would be just right." As storytellers, though, a lot gets lost in the translation. The images that are created and presented are often convoluted and confusing. The progression and through-line of the story is weak, and our main character, oftentimes, only seem peripherally involved. Most of the time, however, we don’t care. The elements are fun to watch, and we’re just having a good time.

As for the magic...Siegfried & Roy are prop magicians. The props do the tricks, and they are there to present them. Their tricks, in fact, are no different than the tricks you can see at other magic shows, but it is how they are presented that makes them special. In this type of business, theme and variation is of utmost importance, and it is here that you get to see what Siegfried & Roy do best. They are showmen first and foremost. They know how to present and sell a trick. They do their job, and they do it well. I was able to look around and see the sight of pure awe in the eyes of many audience members--it was amazing.

The real fun and charm of the production comes after the "story" has been told. This is when Siegfried & Roy come out to talk to the audience. It is here that the pair truly shines. There is something very special about being able to watch two people that are considered legends and icons. Their charm, persona, and charisma always shine through.

Siegfried & Roy have also made a name for themselves off the stage as well. Their love, respect and devotion to the conservation of rare and endangered white tigers and white lions have earned them global respect. In the years to come, when other generations of people are able to see the beauty of these animals, they will have Siegfried & Roy to thank. No matter what anyone may think of them otherwise, it is impossible to not give them lauds and praise for these efforts.

The theatre is wonderful. It is big. It is beautiful. It is comfortable. The theatre was built especially for this show, and it has all of the technical support, space, bells and whistles that are needed for this show. The theatre supplies a good support system for the show.

Siegfried & Roy have entertained tens of millions of people globally in their careers, and they don’t look as if they are going to be stopping any time soon. We admire their philanthropic efforts, and we revel in their production. Is it the best show in town? No, it is not. It is, however, a show that one must see if they can. It is a show that contains the very essence of Las Vegas.


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