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SIEGFRIED AND ROY CREDIT LIBERACE FOR THEIR SUCCESS

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Thanks, Liberace. Siegfried and Roy couldn't have done it without you.

The illusionists say the flashy pianist encouraged them when they were trying to crack the tough Las Vegas entertainment scene 25 years ago."We were nobodies, but he treated us as equals," Siegfried said. "He told us, `Never take your audience for granted. Love your audience and they'll love you back.' "

Siegfried and Roy received the second annual Liberace Legend Award on Wednesday at a fund-raiser for the Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts. Liberace died in 1987.