Siegfried and Roy have entertained millions of showgoers since they opened their act "Beyond Belief" on the Las Vegas Strip.

The pre-packaged 100-foot stage will make the 17,000-mile trip to Japan - along with lighting, costumes and other paraphernalia - in two Boeing 747s later this month.

The only member of the menagerie to miss the flight will be Gilda, a 40-year-old elephant that disappears in each show. The 3 1/2-ton pachyderm will go by boat.