|born on||13 June 1939 at 07:20 (= 07:20 AM )|
|Place||Rosenheim, Germany, 47n51, 12e07|
|Timezone||MET h1e (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||21°21' 26°35 Asc. 29°39'|
German-American illusionist (of Siegfried and Roy) who completed his 4,000th performance in Las Vegas in January 1999, along with his partner, Roy. Their show has grossed $500 million, in spite of being told 30 years ago that a magic act would never work in 'Vegas.
Siegfried was raised in poverty. When he was two, his dad was taken prisoner in Russia and put in a POW camp; the family suffered great privation due to the war. He was fascinated and loved magic from the time he was a kid, trying to work out original tricks of his own, in spite of his Roman Catholic family's disapproval. The youngest of three kids of a housepainter and a housewife, he was shy and withdrawn, spending his time alone and daydreaming. At 17, Siegfried left home to work in an Italian hotel where he entertained with his magic tricks.
In 1958 he took a job as a Steward on the MS Berlin, a cruise ship that traveled from Germany to New York, and while on board, met 13-year old Roy. They bonded from the time they met, and once in New York, they left the ship to develop an act for small night clubs. They had a breakthrough when invited to perform for Princess Grace and Prince Rainier, putting their names out there.
In 1967 they began in the Follies Bergere Revue in Las Vegas with an appreciable salary. The MGM hotel opened in 1974, giving them a five-year contract. In the '80s, they played at the Mirage, a big hit with their sensational act. Roy had always loved animals and they incorporated big cats into their act, lions, tigers, a magnificent snow leopard, making their show a once-in-a-lifetime experience, at $78 a ticket.
On their $10 million estate outside of Vegas, they have been able to successfully raise their beautiful white tigers and lions. Because of the care given to their animals, Siegfried and Roy have been able to contribute the birth of multiple lion infants to the community of rare white lions.
Siegfried had a low point in 1977 with stress and illness, drained from two shows a night of two hours each.
In 2001, he and his partner Roy signed a lifetime contract with The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. On October 3, 2003, Roy was badly hurt when a tiger mauled him during their performance. The show was cancelled at least through year end, and Siegfried, staying by Roy's hospital bed, insisted, despite animal experts saying the contrary, that the animal did not intend to kill Roy.
- business associate/partner relationship with Horn, Roy (born 3 October 1944)
Irmgard Rauchhaus quotes him, AFA DX 8/1995
the official Homepage of Siegfried & Roy (www.siegfriedandroy.com) is giving 13th June
1939 and this data was confirmed by Boris Christoff: "Confirmation that Siegfried's birthday is definitely 13th of June ("Herzlichen Dank fur dein Mail und Intresse an Siegfried & Roy. Siegfried hatt am 13.06.Geburtstag").