Tiger attack ended magic for one half of illusionist duo Siegfried and Roy
They made Las Vegas history before Roy Horn was attacked and severely injured by one of their big cats
Roy Horn, who has died at the age of 75 after contracting Covid-19, was an entertainer who formed half of the popular and glamorous magic and wild animal act, Siegfried and Roy, with his partner, Siegfried Fischbacher.
In 2003, however, before a packed audience at the Mirage Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, a huge male white tiger named Mantacore (sometimes given as Montecore or Mantecore) leapt at Horn, who had tapped him on the nose with his microphone. Horn was knocked to the ground and bitten badly in the neck. Despite his injuries, as he was being taken away to hospital he insisted: “Mantacore is a great cat. Make sure no harm comes to Mantacore.”
Horn sustained severe blood loss and injuries from which he did not fully recover, but he later insisted that he had suffered a stroke and the tiger had been coming to his aid...