Roy Horn walking two years after tiger attack
October 04 2005 12:00 AM ET
Roy Horn says
"the magic is back.'' But two years after he was nearly
killed by a tiger on stage, the magic is about walking short
distances, not making elephants disappear. "I meditate
a lot, but I am constantly in pain,'' Horn, of the
famed duo Siegfried & Roy, told the Las Vegas
Sun. "I'm trying to live with this.''
Monday is the
second anniversary of the attack; it's also his 61st
birthday. Horn can now walk unaided for short distances, and
the grip of his right hand is noticeably firm. But
signs of the attack remain: A thin white scar cuts
across the right side of his neck, his left side is
partially paralyzed, and his walk is a slow shuffle.
His goal is to
walk without assistance. "It will be soon,'' he said.
"I will surprise everybody when I do it. I like surprises.''
Horn said he
still finds solace in his animals and visits them at least
once a week—including Montecore, the white tiger that
mauled him during a performance at the Mirage.
Recalling the night he nearly died, Horn said it was
not his time. "They were not ready for me,'' he said.
"They were not ready for me to do the show upstairs. Not