“It’s very important to put Siegfried & Roy in perspective. Let’s look at the last fifty years in Las Vegas. 1950 marked the arrival of the big hotels in town. The 1960s marked the coming of the hotel-casinos that we all now know. They drew major entertainers from around the country and the world to Las Vegas.
“But all entertainment has a shelf life. Of all the great entertainers who have come to town, Elvis is the person most people associate with this city. He worked eight weeks a year, in four week blocks. Sinatra, another great talent associated with Las Vegas, worked even fewer weeks per year than Elvis. If they performed more than this, these great performers would burn out.
“Now, let’s look at Siegfried & Roy. For over thirty years, they worked six nights a week, two shows a day, to sellout audiences. In every performance they did in this town, Siegfried & Roy were the driving force of the show—and every show sold out. It is an unbelievable achievement in entertainment.”
– Steve Wynn
“When I was preparing to open the Mirage, I wanted no one for my showroom but Siegfried & Roy. The choice was not about price or a vision of their show. It was a purely business decision—they were the number one act in town for years with an astounding ninety-nine percent capacity. I had to have them. They were simply the best.”
– Steve Wynn
“Before Siegfried & Roy, magicians had always been variety acts on the bill. They were in dance revues or the opening act to a star. Siegfried & Roy created the first permanent, full-evening Las Vegas magic show.”
– Penn Gillette
“Siegfried & Roy are genetically structured as perfectionists with steel discipline. They never missed a show, no matter how sick or how injured—and in doing a demanding show like theirs, there were frequent injuries. They would get through the show and then collapse afterwards. And no matter how they were feeling, or what was going on, they were always gracious to everyone. Nothing, no detail of the show, escaped their attention. They were totally focused, watching everything, especially the audience, every night.
“Every day for decades, Siegfried & Roy would leave their house at 4:00 p.m. with the animals and move them into backstage. Each of the guys had their own apartment there. Roy always had a cat with him. They would do two shows a night, greet guests backstage, and do photos after the show, then leave the hotel between 2:30 and 4:30 a.m. They did this six nights a week, forty-eight weeks a year, for thirty-one years. You could set your watch by their movements.”
– Steve Wynn
“Roy allowed the audience to experience his love for the cats—to see him genuinely care about these huge strong beasts, live onstage. The animals loved him, and he loved them. And with Siegfried, you got to see his relationship and passion for his magic, along with his mastery of the art. It was all very real.”
– David Copperfield