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Siegfried and Roy’s Vegas Jungle Palace

04.08.23

Magicians Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn, known professionally as Siegfried and Roy, met while working on the same cruise ship. They soon turned their mutual love of animals into a dazzling stage show featuring tigers and toured the European club circuit. Invited to perform in Vegas in 1967, they made the city their home for the rest of their lives.

Siegfried and Roy were the highest paid magicians Vegas had ever had and a statue to them now stands outside the Mirage, where the duo headlined, from 1990 to 2003. The Mirage show was famous for featuring white lions and tigers but was closed when one of the tigers mauled Roy during the show. Siegfried succumbed to Covid-19 in 2020, and Roy’s death from cancer followed shortly afterward, prompting the sale of their spectacular Vegas compound.

On the market for just a few days, the property realized its $3 million asking price with a sale to Brett Carden, owner of the Carden International Circus. Built in 1954 and purchased by the magicians in 1982, the compound known as the “Jungle Palace” or “Little Bavaria” spans eight acres of grounds, and includes multiple parcels with several homes, three pools, and animal enclosures. White lions and tigers once roamed the grounds and were said to sleep in the same bed with Roy. Statues and paintings of big cats still decorate the meticulously turned-out property.

The compound’s main house covers 8,750 square feet and is marked by striking architecture. Bold style choices include a black-tiled bathroom with a red tub, a stunning entryway with gilded staircase, stained glass windows and terra cotta tile floors. A cheetah-themed mural adorns one bedroom, another room features a stunning multi-coloured ceiling, and unique design elements feature throughout. During the pair’s lifetime, the mansion was also home to a collection of celebrity relics, including Liberace’s cufflinks and Genghis Khan’s sword.

The largest of the property’s other homes is 1,959 square feet, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Two additional homes have their own pools. A massive water fountain and extensive statuary add grandeur to the landscaped grounds, while paved paths connect the various residences. Mature palm trees offer shade and serenity. Six electric gates surround and protect the compound, while a ten-car garage provides plenty of room for visitors. A bird sanctuary and cat sanctuary combine with numerous animal enclosures, to produce a truly one-of-a-kind property.

Located in northwest Las Vegas, the compound is only 15 miles from the famous Las Vegas Strip, home to the world’s premier casinos, resorts, and live entertainment venues, but offers a more suburban environment. Numerous options for outdoor recreation, including Red Rock Canyon National Park, the Tule Springs Fossil Beds, and the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort are within a short drive. Other celebrities who call Las Vegas home include Celine Dion, Floyd Mayweather Jr, Penn & Teller, and Nicholas Cage.

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