Las Vegas says goodbye to magic legend Siegfried Fischbacher

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Tributes to Siegfried Fischbacher are coming in on social media. David Copperfield, Lance Burton, MGM Resorts and Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman have posted messages on Siegfried’s passing.

MGM Resorts International issued this statement:

“The passing of Siegfried Fischbacher marks the end of an era. Siegfried & Roy had a vision for the kind of entertainment spectacular Las Vegas, and the world at large, had never before seen. The Masters of the Impossible delivered so much more than magic nightly and paved the way for all of the incredible productions that followed. While we will certainly never know another pair like them again, we are grateful for all they meant to MGM Resorts International, to the Las Vegas community and to the world of entertainment. And it’s hard not to imagine them somewhere, reunited, doing two shows nightly, to a perpetual standing ovation.“

MGM Resorts International

The Mirage, home to “Siegfried & Roy” since 19990, said, “It’s hard not to imagine Siegfried & Roy somewhere, reunited, doing two shows nightly, to a perpetual standing ovation. Rest in paradise, Siegfried Fischbacher.”

Producer Kenneth Feld, who collaborated with Siegfried and Roy to bring “Beyond Belief” to the Frontier, issued this statement:

Today, the world of magic said good-bye to one of its greatest innovators.  Siegfried Fischbacher, as part of the world-renowned duo Siegfried and Roy, took the art of magic to new heights through spectacular illusions while always maintaining his mastery of the close up, sleight of hand magic he developed as a young man.  My father, Irvin and I first met Siegfried and Roy in 1977, collaborating with them on groundbreaking television productions and their first headline production, Beyond Belief, at The Frontier hotel in Las Vegas. Ultimately, this led to world tours and our ground-breaking show at The Mirage which redefined live-entertainment in Las Vegas.  But perhaps Siegfried’s most important legacy will be his commitment to mentoring and inspiring magicians from around the world and championing the artform he loved for generations to come.

Kenneth Feld

Goodman cites the importance of the Siegfried & Roy show to the city, adding, “More importantly than anything, Siegfried was the kindest and most loyal friend and a beautiful individual. What is calming now is to realize is that he is back with his life partner, Roy Horn, and at peace. You are loved, dear Siegfried.”

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak sent a message of condolences to Fischbacher’s family, friends and loved ones stating Fischbacher “helped shine a bright spotlight on Las Vegas’s entertainment industry to the world.”

“I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our legendary illusionist Siegfried Fischbacher. He was a ‘Master of the Impossible’ and an exemplary Nevadan whose contributions – alongside the late great Roy Horn – helped shine a bright spotlight on Las Vegas’s entertainment industry to the world.

Kathy and I send our love and condolences to his family, friends and loved ones at this time.”

Governor Steve Sisolak

The magic duo had a lasting effect on fans — and even became a part of growing up in Las Vegas:

Images and memories of Siegfried & Roy show some of the city’s history, as well as the history of the two magicians who made it happen.

The Clark County Nevada social media account shared photos from the beautiful Siegfried and Roy Park that opened near McCarran Airport in 2015, saying, “their legacy will live forever.”

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