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One question still troubles me:

Why has The Mirage been so quick to cancel the show permanently?

With Roy's condition and future ability to perform still up in the air, why make this decision only days after the attack? They'd already cancelled the show through Christmas and told the staff to find other work—there really seems to be no need to make a permanent decision.

At the very least, they could have waited a couple of weeks before making this announcement, if for nothing else than the sake of compassion. This has been a devastating time for both Siegfried and Roy, and telling them their show is gone for good is one of the worst things someone can do to them right now.

It just baffles me.
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Because The Mirage is a corporation whose primary goal is to make money.

Roy, according to many reports, is partially paralyzed due to the stroke he suffered last Saturday. His recovery from both the attack and the stroke will be a long and arduous process requiring much time in physical therapy. At the moment no one knows how long it will be before Roy is able to return to the rigors of a full evening show, or even if he will ever be able to do so.

The Mirage simply can't wait around with a major venue in their property sitting dark. Unfortunately the theatre was specifically built for S&R's show. For another show to be mounted in there it will have to be heavily modified if not completely rebuilt. At this point it is more economically feasible for The Mirage to shut the show down and move forward.

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There was a very touching moment yesterday when Gloria Estefan (currently performing at Caesar's Palace) visited Roy yesterday. Gloria herself had a long hospital stay a few years back after a bus crash, and many people wondered about the future of her performing career, too.

She credited motivational tapes with helping give her the will to live through that tough time, and she gave Roy a set of those same tapes to help him through.

I'm encouraged by the reports of daily improvement of Roy, even if they are just little steps. Get well soon, Roy!

(Click here for the latest news on Roy).
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Let's not forget S, who must be having a very tough time. And the cats who probably miss Roy. And the staff who are probably just now feeling the tragedy. And the audiences who may never get to see that act.

Very sad thing to happen. Best wishes to all concerned.
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I think that The Mirage does not have much choice as to accept the fact that the show will, at the very best, have a long break. The Mirage can simply not afford to let the showroom sit empty. They are not only loosing the part of the ticket sales they were entitled to but the added revenue from about 3000-4000 visitors nightly (two shows) to the casino. Not only gambling, but restaurants, shops, bars, etc. They will need to get something going in there soon in order to not risk the whole operation.

I am sure they are working on something right now that does not need a big change to the theatre thus in case things go well they have a possibility of bringing Siegfried & Roy back.

Also, it looks to me that it might not be as much The Mirage people as Kenneth Feld who made the call. Smile
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Hope he'll get well soon. Smile
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The show is over. The Mirage has lost its main attraction and has to get another one to compete. I'm sure they will try to do it tastefully.

Perhaps the next one will be "The Siegfried and Roy Tribute Show". It's possible.
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Did anybody hear about The Mirage buying Ceasar's Magical Empire and, instead of having the parlor act after dinner, they are thinking about showing a film about S@R before the stage show? Two people just told me last night and they don't even know each other. It wouldn't be a bad idea because if Roy ever comes back they could be the show closer??? Smile
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When someone has major nerve damage (i.e. stroke) the likelihood of a magician getting his hand back is nill. Since most of the damage was in the jugular and caritoid, those are major arteries to the brain, there was not only a lot of blood loss but when the stroke(s) happened there was oxygen loss too, resulting in scar tissue.

He's on a ventilator still and until about two to three weeks after the injury will he go to stable. It is still iffy as to what can happen, post-recovery. He could have severe hemypliis and some aphasia and is at risk for seizures.
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On 2003-10-13 08:42, inidyls wrote:
Did anybody hear about The Mirage buying Ceasar's Magical Empire and, instead of having the parlor act after dinner, they are thinking about showing a film about S@R before the stage show? Two people just told me last night and they don't even know each other. It wouldn't be a bad idea because if Roy ever comes back they could be the show closer??? Smile

Since The Empire was closed and torn out a several months ago I doubt that there is any validity to this rumour.
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By the way, it was only one stroke and was "minor" according to Siegfried. Also, it was reported that Roy is breathing on his own now and was also sitting in a chair. (I guess he got tired of just laying around.) *Hehee*. Go go Roy!
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I was at the candlelight vigil for Roy last night. There were lots of well-wishers there, and generally a very positive atmosphere.

Eugene Burger, Gary Darwin, Mac King and Pam Thompson were there, among others. I saw some old friends, and even made some new ones last night!

Gary delivered a giant card, complete with one of Gary's caricatures, that was signed by all of us at his Midnight Magic Club.

Talking to several people who had attended the first vigil, they all agreed that the news was much better this week, and the mood was even more hopeful at last night's vigil.

Keep up the great progress, Roy!
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Thanks for the post, Scott! I wish I could have been there. It's so great hearing about things like this though..Thanks again for posting that.
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For those who can't make it to the vigils, or Siegfried & Roy Plaza, here are some places you can leave your thoughts:

Letters to Roy of Siegfried & Roy
Send Well Wishes To Roy Horn
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So if one were to find oneself in Vegas in the next week or so, where does one find out where these vigils take place?
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The vigils happen at UMC, which can be found here. They're usually on the east side of the Trauma and Children Center.

Keep your eyes on the local news for information about vigils for Roy. They've so far started at 8:00PM on Sundays.

If you find you can't make it to the vigil, there are also places at Siegfried & Roy Plaza (on the sidewalk between the Mirage and Treasure Island) to leave your wishes to Roy.
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I have seen Siegfried and Roy several times and when I heard Larry King interview Siegfried and his manager, I was in tears. Roy is a strong-willed person who will not be separated from his animals without a courageous fight. All the members of I.B.M. Ring #235 in Kitchener, Ontario, are praying for Roy.

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BTW, Good news!

Montecore was released from quarantine today!

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On 2003-10-13 13:22, Jeff007 wrote:
By the way, it was only one stroke and was "minor" according to Siegfried. Also, it was reported that Roy is breathing on his own now and was also sitting in a chair. (I guess he got tired of just laying around.) *Hehee*. Go go Roy!

Not to get all critical but a stroke is a stroke no matter if it was minor or major. The outcome of what has happened will be most important. I highly doubt they would move him from a bed to a chair with a ventilator in him but if they took it out they could move him to a chair.

From what I understand and have heard, his left side is paralyzed and he must have had a right CVA. He may have motor coordination issues which means balancing and walking is affected and if that is the case, so will sitting in a chair. But if he gets through the next few days with no set-backs, then we should hear about a neurological report.
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I sure hope what I hear is not true. Roy has damage to his spine and he can only move his thumb, nothing else from neck down.
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