Roy on 2nd Anniversary of Attack: Magic is Back!

roy on stairsMonday marks the second anniversary when whe world of magic changed dramatically.

The
incredible duo of Siegfried & Roy’s last performance, Roy’s 59th
birthday, and the start of his incredible rehabilitation efforts
occured October 3, 2003.

On Sunday evening, Mr. Horn told the Las Vegas Sun “the magic is back.”

The magic of which the duo speak 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 paper. “I’m trying to live with this.”

Mr.
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 yet.”

But
Horn is quick to respond; when asked how he was feeling he shot back,
“Splendid!” When asked if he planned on returning to show business in a
full-time capacity, his jaw tightened as he said,”I never left — I
never left.”

He remains focused on regaining much of what he lost two years-ago. 

“Yes. I am stubborn. I am German,” he says with a laugh. “I work harder now. I have a goal.”

During rehab Horn has learned he can touch lives ona
one-on-one basis, too. He speaks of a teenage boy at Craig Hospitalin
Englewood, Colo., who was injured in a rodeo accident.

(On
theadvice of Christopher Reeve, Horn was admitted to the
renowned spinal-cord and brain-trauma treatment hospital in August 2004.)

“I
met many young people, particularly a young man who was kicked by a
horse in the head. He didn’t speak anymore,wouldn’t play, wouldn’t do
anything anymore. He was only in a wheelchair,” Mr. Horn said.

 

“So
I came in and spent a lot of time with him. Later on I went sailing with
him, and it was a wonderful experience.After that he started to speak
again and was part of life again.”

At the Nevada Community
Enrichment Program facility Horn is known to give Ricola herbal tablets
to fellow patients (“I should have stock in Ricola,” he jokes).

 

One
of those patients is 15-year-old Tyler Pinegar. In July 2003 Pinegar was
nearly killed when he slipped and fell off a cliff while camping with a
Boy Scout troop at Lake Arrowhead, Calif.

“He was very bad about doing his homework — after the accident he did not want to do anything anymore” Horn said.

 

“But his
father said after he met me, he was given so much power and is feeling
totally different. He saw me walking and wanted to do the same.” …

roy on stairsMonday marks the second anniversary when whe world of magic changed dramatically.

The
incredible duo of Siegfried & Roy’s last performance, Roy’s 59th
birthday, and the start of his incredible rehabilitation efforts
occured October 3, 2003.

On Sunday evening, Mr. Horn told the Las Vegas Sun “the magic is back.”

The magic of which the duo speak 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 paper. “I’m trying to live with this.”

Mr.
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 yet.”

But
Horn is quick to respond; when asked how he was feeling he shot back,
“Splendid!” When asked if he planned on returning to show business in a
full-time capacity, his jaw tightened as he said,”I never left — I
never left.”

He remains focused on regaining much of what he lost two years-ago. 

“Yes. I am stubborn. I am German,” he says with a laugh. “I work harder now. I have a goal.”

During rehab Horn has learned he can touch lives ona
one-on-one basis, too. He speaks of a teenage boy at Craig Hospitalin
Englewood, Colo., who was injured in a rodeo accident.

(On
theadvice of Christopher Reeve, Horn was admitted to the
renowned spinal-cord and brain-trauma treatment hospital in August 2004.)

“I
met many young people, particularly a young man who was kicked by a
horse in the head. He didn’t speak anymore,wouldn’t play, wouldn’t do
anything anymore. He was only in a wheelchair,” Mr. Horn said.

 

“So
I came in and spent a lot of time with him. Later on I went sailing with
him, and it was a wonderful experience.After that he started to speak
again and was part of life again.”

At the Nevada Community
Enrichment Program facility Horn is known to give Ricola herbal tablets
to fellow patients (“I should have stock in Ricola,” he jokes).

 

One
of those patients is 15-year-old Tyler Pinegar. In July 2003 Pinegar was
nearly killed when he slipped and fell off a cliff while camping with a
Boy Scout troop at Lake Arrowhead, Calif.

“He was very bad about doing his homework — after the accident he did not want to do anything anymore” Horn said.

 

“But his
father said after he met me, he was given so much power and is feeling
totally different. He saw me walking and wanted to do the same.” 

Read the full article and interview in the Las Vegas Sun.
There is a wonderful passage of what Roy saw during his two
death experiences and how he actually saw himself return to his body
during one stroke. 

When the
accident occurred two years-ago, we were fatalistic.  We worried
there was really no reason to believe Siegfried’s prediction of Roy’s
recovery or survival. 

What
a wonderful blessing to all of magic and theduo’s fans to have Roy come
back despite his pain, depression,set-backs, and daily
challenges. 

Happy Birthday to Roy Horn.

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