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Las Vegas honors illusionist Roy Horn

City Council named him ‘Citizen of the Month’; he's currently at home recovering from a near-fatal tiger mauling
/ Source: The Associated Press

Illusionist Roy Horn remained at home, recovering from a near-fatal tiger mauling, while the Las Vegas City Council honored him Wednesday as “Citizen of the Month.”

Mayor Oscar Goodman presented the proclamation to “Siegfried & Roy” show manager Bernie Yuman, calling Horn “a great entertainer and a great community partner.”

“I wish he was with us today,” Goodman said. “But he’ll be with us in the future.”

Yuman said in an interview the 59-year-old entertainer was improving daily and expects to be able to make public appearances by early September.

“Roy’s cognitive skills are perfect, and he’s as handsome and dynamic as ever,” Yuman said during a brief ceremony inside council chambers. “Love and prayer is a big part of the reason he’s thriving, and we thank all of you for that.”

Co-star Siegfried Fischbacher was unable to attend the ceremony. He was heading to Los Angeles to work on an animated NBC series scheduled to debut in the fall about a family of white lions who perform in their show.

The “Siegfried & Roy” show at The Mirage hotel-casino was shut down after Horn was attacked by a white tiger during an Oct. 3 performance.

Horn and Fischbacher have lived in Las Vegas for 35 years and have long been active in city promotions and animal shelter and training programs.