Siegfried & Roy Plan Comeback
Duo to perform for charity 5 years after near-death experience
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2008 11:05 AM CST
Siegfried and Roy pose with their tigers in this file photo from their 1999 glory days.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – A tiger mauling has kept them offstage for over 4 years, but Siegfried & Roy aren’t letting it end their careers. Next February they’ll perform a one-night-only special for charity, reports Der Spiegel, and their publicist says he’d be “very surprised if animals were not part of the performance.”

Siegfried told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the show "will be the signature of Siegfried and Roy." Once one of Vegas’ top acts, Siegfried & Roy shut down in 2003 after a white tiger mauled Roy onstage before a horrified audience. The performers now say the tiger, sensing an imminent stroke, was trying to help Roy, who refers to the beast as “my lifesaver.”