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

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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]