Las Vegas is rightly recognized as the capital of live show entertainment, with 100 different live shows every day and 20 million tourists seeing a show in Las Vegas every year. With that much live entertainment going on, there are bound to be mishaps. Although the old adage says “the show must go on,” sometimes it’s not easy, or even possible. Here are the six most shocking accidents that happened at Las Vegas live shows, some with tragic consequences.
Criss Angel passes out during “Mindfreak Live!”
For almost a decade, magician Criss Angel had a show at the Luxor Hotel Casino called “Believe,” which had begun as a joint production with Cirque du Soleil. The show was almost universally panned, liked by neither Criss Angel fans nor Cirque fans. Eventually, the show became more Angel’s than Cirque’s and evolved into a standard shock magic stage show. It was during a 2017 performance (after he had changed the show’s title to “Mindfreak Live!”) that Angel, attempting to extricate himself from a straitjacket while hanging upside down, passed out. His team rushed the stage to release him and speeded him to the hospital. He recovered from the incident and retook the stage the following day. He has since moved the show to the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
Siegfried and Roy’s tiger attacks Roy onstage
One of Las Vegas’s biggest and most popular shows of all time, ‘Siegfried & Roy’ featured feats of magic combined with fantastic large cats and Liberace-level showmanship, running for 13 years at the Mirage Hotel. During a performance in October 2003, a large white tiger named Manticore suddenly bit Roy Horn and dragged him off the stage. He was rushed to the hospital with massive blood loss. He suffered severe trauma and was in physical rehabilitation for years. Roy claimed in an interview that he had fainted onstage due to high blood pressure, and the tiger was merely trying to help him by dragging him offstage. He refused to have the tiger put down, and retired him to the Mirage’s in-house animal park. Siegfried and Roy retired for good in 2010, but not before making one more appearance with Manticore on television during a benefit for the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute. Manticore died of natural causes in 2014, and Roy even gave the tiger a moving tribute on Facebook, writing, “Farewell my dear friend… know that your image is forever burned into my heart.”