In a special one night performance in New York City, Siegfried Fishbacher did a one-man magic show to raise funds for a charity that he and his partner, Roy Horn have supported for years. Roy Horn was there, but sitting in the audience.
After receiving applause, Siegfried introduced Roy in the audience who stood up and took a bow.
Siegfried used only two big cats in the act, since Roy was the one who dealt with the big cats before one dealt with him. However, he had the great magician's touch and took the audience through many enchanted illusions.
Near the end of the show, which raised over $200,000, Siegfried asked for a volunteer and there in the audience was Regis. Several people had already spotted him earlier so they started a chant, "Bring On Regis! Bring On Regis!" and Regis, sport that he is, ran up on to the stage.
The well-known trick was for Regis to be placed in a closet like room where he would stand while two white Bengal tigers were placed into a similar one twenty feet apart.
Everything was ready. But the crowd smelled blood!
"Here's our chance to rid the world of this idiot!" shouted one and that's all it took. There was a rush of at least 50 people onto the stage where they turned the closet devise on it's side and threw it over the edge of the stage, where it burst open revealing, no one inside.
Suddenly there was applause and the dozen or so left on the stage quickly realized that the audience thought they were part of the show. They took a quick took a bow and left the stage and the theater...probably New York City.
Meanwhile Siegfried was searching in the tiger's closet but they too were gone. Another round of applause and the curtains came down.
This morning Roy Horn woke up with the two white Bengal tigers in his bed. He tried to feed them some breakfast but they did not appear hungry.
Meanwhile, an All-Points Bulletin was issued for Regis but no one is really looking all that hard.