Bit of magic trivia ... Siegfried & Roy celebrate their 50th anniversary in show business in 2009 - having first met aboard the German ocean liner - The Bremen - in 1959 !
"Siegfried signs on as a steward on the TS Bremen. He is eventually promoted to ship entertainer. He befriends Roy, who is now a steward who has a cabin across the hall, and asks him to help set up the show. Roy, who had smuggled the zoo-liberated cheetah Chico on board the ship, asks, "If you can make a rabbit and doves appear and disappear, could you do the same thing with a cheetah?" Roy becomes Siegfried's assistant."
And the rest - as they say - is magic history ... live entertainment was never to be the same again.