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S&R on ABC 2020 Fri night

Postby CraigMitchell » September 26th, 2019, 9:16 am

https://abcnews.go.com/2020/video/siegf ... t-65809360

https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/si ... d=65716644

"Famous duo opens up about career-ending tiger attack & recent allegations surrounding it

The season 42 premiere of “20/20” features the first primetime interview with Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn in over a decade. The famous duo, known in households across the world as Siegfried & Roy, open up about the infamous career-ending tiger attack that happened 16 years ago and nearly killed Roy; the recent allegations that the accident resulted from Roy’s mistake on stage, which the pair denies, saying the tiger was trying to help Roy after he suffered a stroke; and their storied career and the legacy of their Las Vegas residency.

Correspondent Deborah Robert reports for “20/20” airing Friday, Sept. 27 (9-11 p.m. EDT), on ABC.

“20/20” features new interviews with Curtis Rowe, the stagehand who recounts the harrowing story of how he helped save Roy’s life by plugging wounds with his fingers while waiting for paramedics; Kenneth Feld, longtime Siegfried & Roy producer; and Criss Angel, Lance Burton, and Penn & Teller, iconic Las Vegas magicians who reflect on Siegfried & Roy’s Vegas residency. “20/20” also takes a look back at the illustrious careers of Siegfried & Roy, featuring footage from the ABC News archives including Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer and Elizabeth Vargas’ iconic interviews with the pair over the years.

Siegfried & Roy captivated audiences from all over the world for decades with magic and exotic animals in Las Vegas. But on the evening of Oct. 3, 2003, their act came to a crashing halt when Mantacore, a white tiger regularly featured in the act, mauled Roy by biting him on the neck and dragging him off stage, almost killing him and causing brain damage. In 2009, Siegfried & Roy took the stage one last time in a farewell charity performance before officially retiring."

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Re: S&R on ABC 2020 Fri night

Postby erdnasephile » September 28th, 2019, 9:58 pm

A few thoughts:

I enjoyed very much all of the fabulous footage of S & R's show. It was interesting to see what Siegfried is like in 2019, still passionate and as articulate as ever. We get to hear some of his thoughts about Roy and their lives and career. Seeing inside their warehouse was a treat, and the white tiger breeding issues were new to me (including Siegfried's thoughts on whether they could even have a show in today's world.) Regardless of the "controversies", the one thing that is inescapable is what great magicians S & R were.

However, a lot of the special was made up of previously aired ABC footage intercut with a bit of new stuff (mostly commentary). You have to get about a hour into the program before they touch on the recent allegations over the incident that came out this year (which was the teaser in the commercials), and even those are dealt with in a cursory fashion. There also wasn't much Roy, circa 2019, in the show, which was disappointing. Some magicians do make an appearance. Lance did a particularly good job of placing S & R in the context of their day. There were a lot of other talking heads (ABC news folks, one zoologist, Steve Wynn, etc.), many of them expressing strong opinions of certainty (with little cited data).

With regards to the "accident" or "attack" (depending what side of the fence you sit on), there wasn't much groundbreaking material presented. I personally found the discussion of the medical aspects lacking (but that's just me). If you already have an opinion of what might've happened, it's unlikely this will change your mind. They did say the Mirage has footage of the event which they refuse to release. The real answers are likely there; however, we'll never know, so ABC's audience-building ballyhoo seemed pointless somehow.

In summary, the show basically is a career retrospective, and fine one at that. However, if you've seen the previous ABC shows or if you are already an informed S & R fan, you probably won't get much new out of this. Still, it was great to see them in their prime once again. I do wonder if this episode will score well with today's audience, many of whom probably have no idea who S & R are. That's really sad for those folks, and perhaps for those of you who remember how great their show was and realize we'll never again see the like.


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