The famous Las Vegas hypnotist, Dr. Scott Lewis, was due to appear at the Sydney Opera House in Australia, but his body was found on Saturday morning. Lewis apparently was killed when he fell from a balcony at the Goldsbrough Mort apartment block.
According to media reports, after Dr. Lewis fell from a balcony on the 11th floor; his body was discovered on a fourth-floor balcony below his apartment. He was reportedly dead when the police and an ambulance crew arrived on the scene.
Dr. Lewis was due to board a bus to the Opera House, along with six other members of the magic performance group The Illusionists 2.0, for the 2 p.m. show. He was found when he failed to join the other performers on the bus.
While according to the other performers the show must go on, Saturday’s matinee performance was cancelled, with officials quoting “unforeseen circumstances” as the reason. The later show, set for 7 p.m., went on as scheduled. All other performances will continue for the full eight day run.
A statement from the Sydney Opera House confirming his death was later released, and also expressed sympathy to his family, colleagues and friends. In the statement, the Opera House said that Dr. Lewis was a wonderful performer and that he would be greatly missed.
The co-producer of the show, Tim Lawson, told the media that the company was “deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Dr. Lewis.” He added that the entire company had chosen to continue the balance of the show in his honor and they all sent their sincere condolences to family and friends.
Saturday night’s show was dedicated to Dr. Lewis by the other members of the performance group. At the conclusion of the performance, all six of the remaining Illusionists told the audience that Dr. Lewis had died from a balcony fall in Sydney and shared a tribute to his life, saying, “Today is a very sad day for us. We lost a performer.”
Looking back on his career, Dr. Lewis was the main act of a hypnosis show in Las Vegas at the Riviera Hotel and Casino for over nine years. He was also well known for his television performances.
According to his website, Dr. Lewis first realized the “power of hypnosis to help people achieve their health and wellness goals” over 25 years ago, when he himself used a self-hypnosis technique to lose around 44 pounds of weight. Dr Lewis also stated on his website that it was “tremendous fun” to work in a stage setting, watching people’s imaginative process at work.
Dr. Lewis was a clinical hypnotherapist and licensed chiropractor. He also authored two books and worked as a motivational speaker.
The death of Dr. Lewis from the balcony fall is not being treated as suspicious by the police, but they are investigating whether he might possibly have died from misadventure or self-harm and will be preparing a report for the coroner.
Dr. Scott Lewis was to tour Australia for two months as part of The Illusionists 2.0 show. The video below shows Dr. Lewis talking about hypnosis and also his upcoming Australian tour. His many friends and fans will mourn his loss after he was killed by the fall from his balcony in Sydney.
By Anne Sewell