Siegfried & Roy (lost unreleased footage of white tiger attack during magic show; 2003)

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This article has been tagged as NSFL due to its discussion of tiger maulling.

Roy and his White Tiger.jpeg

Roy and his white tiger during a live performance of their magic show in Las Vegas.

Status: Lost

Siegfried & Roy are a German duo of magicians and entertainers, who became known for their appearances with white lions and white tigers. While the shows usually go well, on October 3rd, 2003, the show went terribly wrong. While many people have heard of the accident, most don't know that there was recorded footage of the show.

Story of the Accident

Siegfried and Roy were getting ready for their big night at the Mirage, which they had heavily rehearsed. Around 45 seconds in, however, a white tiger came closer to Roy and attacked him, shocking everyone in the audience. Roy fell onto the stage floor and the tiger leapt on top of him. The tiger then grabbed Roy's neck and dragged him offstage until the tiger was sprayed with a fire extinguisher. The show was swiftly cancelled and Roy, who was bleeding on the floor, was rushed to the ER (he was released from the hospital soon after, albeit with impairments to his motor and verbal abilities).

The Missing Footage

Unbeknownst to the public, the Mirage had recorded the entire attack. However, the Mirage has refused to release the footage to the public out of both respect for Roy's privacy and fear that the media would sensationalize the footage.[1]

Documentaries surrounding the Accident

In 2004, not too long after the incident, the Discovery Channel aired an edutainment program called Anatomy of a Tiger Bite which showcased how dangerous tigers are with the incident being the main subject.[2]. The special included a simulated restaging of the event using motion capture that is directly modeled after eyewitness testimonies including video recordings from audience members.[3]

In 2019, ABC News released a documentary called "Siegfried and Roy: Behind the Magic". It is the 42nd Season: Episode one of the 20/20 segment, surrounding the white tiger attack during Siegfried and Roy's magic show back in 2003. The segment features rise of Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn's fame, the encounter the tiger attack in which changed entertainment in Las Vegas entirely. During the 20/20 segment, a simulation scene is featured to give an idea of how the attack occurred the night of October 3rd in 2003. You can view the 20/20 documentary on the ABC News website or in parts on YouTube. However, the real-life footage is still forever lost. [4] [5]