Siegfried and Roy perform one final time
Illusionists Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn held one-night comeback Saturday at a Las Vegas hotel, more than five years after a tiger attack ended their careers, the BBC reported.
The Bengal tiger responsible for the attack, Montecore, was also part of the performance.
The pair and tiger performed an illusion in which Fischbacher was put in a cage, and the cage was then covered. When the cage was uncovered, the tiger had replaced him. The pair received a standing ovation from the crowd.
The act was part of a benefit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, USA Today reported. It took place at the Bellagio hotel-casino.
Fischbacher and Horn were responsible for one of the biggest shows in Las Vegas history. They stopped performing after Montecore bit Horn's neck and dragged him offstage during a performance during October 2003, USA Today reported.
The attack damaged Horn's windpipe and neck artery. It left him partially paralyzed.
The pair believe the tiger was trying to protect Horn after sensing he had a mini-stroke. The theory is disputed by animal experts.