9 episodes

Over the course of nearly half a century, Siegfried & Roy performed 30,000 shows for 50 million people and generated well over $1 billion in ticket sales. Although the German-born illusionists and pop culture icons were mega-famous, much about their private lives, eccentric public personae, and tragic final show remained shrouded in mystery…until now. Emmy®-winning filmmaker and journalist Steven Leckart, in his very first podcast, takes you behind the velvet curtain to reveal shocking moments, surprising details, and hidden truths about two men who were lionized by millions of fans, lampooned by the media, criticized by animal welfare advocates, and endlessly scrutinized by the public.

Wild Things: Siegfried & Roy Apple TV+

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 1.3K Ratings

Over the course of nearly half a century, Siegfried & Roy performed 30,000 shows for 50 million people and generated well over $1 billion in ticket sales. Although the German-born illusionists and pop culture icons were mega-famous, much about their private lives, eccentric public personae, and tragic final show remained shrouded in mystery…until now. Emmy®-winning filmmaker and journalist Steven Leckart, in his very first podcast, takes you behind the velvet curtain to reveal shocking moments, surprising details, and hidden truths about two men who were lionized by millions of fans, lampooned by the media, criticized by animal welfare advocates, and endlessly scrutinized by the public.

    What Went Wrong?

    What Went Wrong?

    A white tiger attacks Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy in front of a live audience. As the famous magician fights for his life, hundreds of fans, friends, and the media rush to the hospital. 

    Wild Things: Siegfried & Roy is an Apple Original podcast, produced by AT WILL MEDIA. Listen and follow on Apple Podcasts. 

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    • 41 min
    The Pet Detective

    The Pet Detective

    While Roy remains in critical condition, the USDA launches an official inquiry into the tiger attack. An investigator for the agency pursues an elusive videotape of the incident. 

    Wild Things: Siegfried & Roy is an Apple Original podcast, produced by AT WILL MEDIA. Listen and follow on Apple Podcasts. 

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    • 38 min
    Rumors and Ridicule

    Rumors and Ridicule

    It’s the ’80s and Siegfried & Roy are quickly becoming the hottest act on the Las Vegas Strip. But as the duo rise to fame, the public and the media scrutinize their private lives.

    Wild Things: Siegfried & Roy is an Apple Original podcast, produced by AT WILL MEDIA. Listen and follow on Apple Podcasts. 

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    • 41 min
    An Inside Job?

    An Inside Job?

    Days after the 2003 tiger attack, Siegfried and his manager share perplexing claims about the incident. Meanwhile, the Las Vegas police investigate whether the tiger was actually provoked by someone with a vendetta. 

    Wild Things: Siegfried & Roy is an Apple Original podcast, produced by AT WILL MEDIA. Listen and follow on Apple Podcasts. 

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    • 36 min
    The Jesus Man

    The Jesus Man

    There’s been a shooting at Siegfried & Roy’s palatial Las Vegas estate–with a surprising suspect. Back on the Strip, the USDA’s investigation into the tiger attack reaches a critical turning point. 

    Wild Things: Siegfried & Roy is an Apple Original podcast, produced by AT WILL MEDIA. Listen and follow on Apple Podcasts. 

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    • 30 min
    White Tiger Conundrum

    White Tiger Conundrum

    The thorny history between Siegfried & Roy’s producers and the USDA sheds light on the struggle to obtain video evidence of the infamous tiger attack.




    Wild Things: Siegfried & Roy is an Apple Original podcast, produced by AT WILL MEDIA. Listen and follow on Apple Podcasts. 

    Apple.co/Wild_Things

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

feralspirit_13 ,

Really Neat & Interesting

I listen to this on the way to work and I have to say it is extremely fascinating. It’s also narrated very well.

KiskaAlaska ,

Wildly Interesting

I have lived in Vegas for 32 years….and never was able to see the show. But, I appreciated the information about our local legends. I am no longer a fan of wild animals being in such spectacles; and, am greatly relieved that the pressures of PETA has caused the performers that used the big cats to retire the beautiful animals.
I thought the podcast was well done and followed the chronology of the events leading up to Roy’s stroke; and, what transpired afterwards fabulously revealing of how truly raw show business is and definitely not as glamorous as imagined by the people.
Thank you for a greatly entertaining podcast!

JAVSoph ,

Good, but not great

This podcast unveils a lot of controversy and lies surrounding Siegfried and Roy’s tenure in Vegas, especially the Tiger attack that brought the show to a sudden end.

There’s so much story here. We get their personal backstory. We get the origin story of their Vegas act. Testimonials from former workers, biographers and producers.

There’s a plethora to tell here.

What the podcast lacks is the ability to drive the story in an interesting and analytical way. Steven tries to tote a line of neutrality as the narrator, but his monotonous voice and inability to express emotion for radio makes it a bit hard to feel like this story is as important as it really is. There’s something missing- and I think it’s a combination of writing and delivery.

A lot of the earlier episodes feel like it’s written for TV. Scripts that would be better support with b-roll. Steven tries to paint a picture, but sometimes relies on his interviewees sound bites to drive the narrative vs his own analysis. The last few episodes he finds his stride a bit better.

Iconic entertainers. Tragic story. A podcast that does an OK job explaining it.

Maybe if you didn’t live to see the splendor of what these duo really did create…you wouldn’t feel like something is missing. But Siegfried and Roy’s story, despite their flaws, deserves a podcast that meets the same standard that they delivered to audiences decade after decade.

Or maybe they don’t.

Listen and you be the judge.

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