FRANZ CZEISLER Franz Czeisler, affectionately known as "Senõr Tihany," grand illusionist and founder of Tihany Circus Spectacular, passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2016, nearly at the age of 100. In his lifetime, he along with his wife, Ilona Czeisler, created a circus enterprise that entertained 35 million people over 50 years. He was born June 29, 1916, in Ketegy Haza, Hungary, to Ludwig and Maria Czeisler (nee Deutch) and was a Las Vegas resident since 1985. Franz was preceded in death by his parents who survived the Holocaust; his wife; and his brother, Bela, who died in the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. He is survived by his son, Ludwig (Carmen) Czeisler of Henderson; two grandchildren, Alejandro (Sandra Silva) Czeisler of Las Vegas, and Catherine (Jose) Ortero of Columbus, Ohio; four great-grandchildren, Diego, Monica, Aaron and David; and nephew, Tibor (Mirela) Fridman of Haifa, Israel. Franz was a Holocaust survivor. We was designated as the "International Ambassador of the Arts" by the Hungarian Parliament in May 2015. He received the keys to the Cities of Sao Paulo and Las Vegas, and was named Circus Ambassador of the Fédération Mondiale du Cirque on the occasion of the celebration of his 93rd birthday. He was a lifetime member of the Magic Castle. He presided as head juror at numerous circus festivals, including the Budapest Circus Festival, the International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo, and the Beijing Circus Festival. He was a member of the Circle Hall of Fame in Sarasota, Fla. He received the Señor of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award. "Our mentor, our friend, your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure."- Siegfried & Roy. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 6, at King David Memorial Chapel, 2697 E. Eldorado Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89120. Burial will follow at King David Memorial Cemetery.
Published by Las Vegas Review-Journal on Mar. 4, 2016.