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Interview with Roy Horn

By Chuckmonster on Sunday, 2nd October 2005 12:37pm
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He can walk, unaided, short distances. He can move more easily with the help of a cane and he can talk. In fact, his voice fairly booms when he wants it to. The grip of his right hand is noticeably firm -- as if to send a message. And if that is not clear enough, he speaks that message himself: "The magic is back."

So says Roy Horn, half of the legendary team of "Siegfried & Roy," who can be allowed to define that term. But today it's a different brand of magic, no longer creating illusions or making an elephant disappear. It's not working in concert with a 400-pound wild animal, or leading a showroom of fans into a world of fantasy.

It's walking from here to there. It's working out at a rehab facility for three hours a day, seven days a week. It's managing unrelenting pain, having recently "cleansed" your body of painkillers. It's inspiring others while motivating yourself. It's living a life of quality after narrowly escaping death.

In an exclusive interview with the Las Vegas Sun on Thursday at the Spanish Trails home of his longtime partner, Siegfried Fischbacher, Horn discussed his recovery from the incident that nearly killed him. On Oct. 3, 2003, Horn was seriously injured after being bitten on the neck and head by the white tiger Montecore and dragged from the stage during a performance at the Mirage.



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