Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 | 1:59 p.m.
Longtime Riviera hypnotist Dr. Scott Lewis, in Sydney, Australia, for a series of shows at the Opera House, has fallen to his death at an inner-city apartment block.
The body of Lewis, part of the magic troupe The Illusionists 2.0, was found on a fourth-floor balcony at Pyrmont at 9:40 a.m. Saturday.
Witnesses have told police that they saw an object fall as many as six stories at Goldsbrough Mort Apartments on Pyrmont Street.
Police said no foul play is suspected, but inquiries will be made to determine if Lewis was climbing from one balcony to another when he fell. He was dead when ambulance crews and police arrived.
Tourist Rachael Waack, who is staying at the apartments, said she was awakened by the sound of a “whoomp” noise near her apartment after 9 a.m. and had heard a woman screaming hysterically.
“I went out to the walkway outside our apartment and saw a woman walking along with her head in her hands, screaming,” Waack told The Daily Telegraph in Sydney. “She was saying, ‘Do they know? Do they know?’ ” Then we saw the police arrive soon after that."
Lewis, 50, was reported missing by fellow members of The Illusionists 2.0 when he failed to get on a bus at the apartment for an 11 a.m. matinee performance.
In promotional material for the show, Lewis is described as the host of the longest-running hypnosis show in Las Vegas history, where audience members were hypnotized onstage to perform comedic and outrageous acts. He headlined in his own hypnosis show at Riviera for more than nine years.
Lewis, a clinical hypnotherapist, was the author of self-help books, involving hypnosis to help quit smoking and lose weight, and a motivational speaker.
Thirteen shows of The Illusions 2.0 were scheduled at the Opera House from Jan. 9-16. The Opera House released the following statement:
“We wish to express our deepest sympathies to Dr. Scott’s family and friends, as well as to the cast and crew of The Illusionists 2.0. Dr. Scott was a wonderful performer, and he will be greatly missed.”
Tim Lawson, the show’s co-producer, said in a statement that the company was deeply saddened by the sudden death of Lewis.
“The entire company has decided to continue the show in his honor and send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends,” Lawson said.
The company said it would be dedicating its next performance to the memory of Lewis.
Thanks to The Daily Telegraph in Sydney, Australia, for their contributions to this report.
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