Though doctors are now ”cautiously optimistic” about Roy Horn’s condition after Friday’s mauling by a tiger during a performance at Las Vegas’ Mirage Resort, the long-running Siegfried and Roy show has been indefinitely canceled, according to the Associated Press. All of the show’s employees, about 267, are out of a job, and Mirage officials have reportedly vowed to help the displaced workers find new employment. ”We are worried about him, but we also basically lost our jobs,” 42-year-old Mary Bryan, a single mother who worked with the entertainers, told AP.
Siegfried and Roy’s act, consisting of Horn and longtime partner Siegfried Fischbacher performing magic-cum-big-cat taming, has been a Las Vegas crowd-pleaser for more than 35 years. In 2001, the pair signed a lifetime contract with the Mirage, and performed six shows a week, 44 weeks per year.
In a statement on their website (www.siegfriendandroy.com), Fischbacher says, ”For more than four decades, I have had the great privilege of standing at the side of this remarkable man, and I will continue to do so during this very challenging time.”