Maze cartoon of
Lions, Tigers and Bears, OH MY!
Maze cartoon of a tiger
lion roaring, an off panel characters says, "hey Roy, can you reach in
there and get my car keys?"
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On October 3,
2003, during a show at The Mirage, Roy Horn
was bitten on the neck by a
seven-year-old male tiger named Montecore.
Crew members separated Horn from the tiger and rushed him to the only
Level I trauma center in Nevada, University
. Horn was critically injured and sustained severe blood
loss. While being taken to the hospital, Horn said, according to
sources, "Don't shoot the cat!"
Horn was in critical condition for several weeks thereafter,
and was said to have suffered a stroke
and partial paralysis. Doctors removed one-quarter of his skull
to relieve the pressure of his swelling brain
during an operation known as a decompressive craniectomy. The
portion of skull was placed in a pouch in Horn's abdomen in the hope of
replacing it later. Horn was eventually transferred to UCLA Medical Center
in Los Angeles,
California for long-term recovery and rehabilitation.
As of 2006, Horn was walking, assisted only by Fischbacher,
and talking. To host Pat O'Brien on the television
news program The Insider, he complained
about his daily rehabilitation, "They are slave drivers over there.
You'd think they are the KGB from Russia."
It is disputed whether or not the tiger intentionally attacked
Horn. Montecore had been trained by Horn since he was a cub; he had
performed with the act for six years. Fischbacher, appearing on the Larry
King interview program, said Horn fell during the act and Montecore
was attempting to drag him to safety, as a mother tigress would pull
one of her cubs by the neck. Fischbacher said Montecore had no way of
knowing that Horn, unlike a tiger cub, did not have fur and thick skin
covering his neck and that his neck was vulnerable to injury.
Fischbacher said if Montecore had wanted to injure Horn, the tiger
would have snapped his neck and shaken him back and forth.
Former Mirage owner Steve Wynn (who
hired the duo in 1990) told Las Vegas television station KLAS-TV
the events were substantiated as described by Fischbacher. According to
Wynn, there was a woman with a "big hairdo" in the front row who, he
says, "fascinated and distracted" Montecore. The woman reached out to
attempt to pet the animal, and Horn jumped between the woman and the
According to Wynn, Horn said, "Release, release," attempting
to persuade Montecore to let go of his arm, and eventually striking the
tiger with his microphone. Horn tripped over the cat's paw and fell on
his back; stagehands then rushed out and jumped on the cat. It was only
then, said Wynn, that the confused tiger leaned over Roy and attempted
to carry Horn off the stage to safety. Wynn said that although the
tiger's teeth inflicted puncture wounds that caused Horn to lose blood,
there was no damage to his neck. Stagehands then sprayed Roy and
Montecore with a fire extinguisher to separate the two.
Montecore was put into quarantine for ten days in order to
ensure he was not rabid, and was then returned to his habitat at The
Mirage. While Horn has requested that Montecore not be harmed, the
incident may augur the end of exotic animal shows in which there are no
barriers between tigers and audience members. Some animal
rights activists, many of whom oppose the use of wild animals in
live entertainment, sought to use the incident as a springboard for
publicity, though few have ever accused the Siegfried & Roy show of
The injury to Roy Horn prompted The Mirage to close the show
indefinitely and to lay off 267 cast and crew members with one week's
While Fischbacher has said "the show will go on", a hotel spokesman
told the production staff that they "should explore other career
According to the Las Vegas
Advisor, The Mirage will suffer financially, not just from the
loss of $50+ million in annual ticket sales, but from having to forgo
untold millions in sales of food, beverages, hotel rooms and the
casino's gambling winnings. An MGM Mirage spokesman said losing
Siegfried & Roy is a bigger hit to the Mirage brand than to its
finances, because the entertainers are "practically the faces" of the
hotel, and finding a new hotel brand or identity will be difficult.
In February 2009, the duo staged a "final" appearance with
Montecore as a benefit for The Lou Ruvo
Brain Institute. This performance was recorded for broadcast on ABC television's 20/20
The 10-minute program featured one of Siegfried
& Roy's signature illusions, in which Siegfried and Montecore (now
12 years old) magically switched places from within separate, locked
On April 23, 2010, the duo officially said farewell to show
business. “The last time we closed, we didn’t have a lot of warning,”
said longtime manager Bernie Yuman. “This is farewell. This is the dot
at the end of the sentence.”
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