U.S. stage hypnotist Scott Lewis has plunged to his death from the balcony of a Sydney apartment, Australian police said on Sunday.
Lewis was in Sydney performing his hypnosis act along with six other performers in the show “The illusionists 2.0,” which opened at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday last week.
A police spokeswoman said officers were called to an apartment building in downtown Pyrmont at 9:40 a.m. Saturday to find his body lying on a balcony.
Media reports said Lewis had fallen from an 11th floor balcony to the fourth floor. Lewis was staying with other performers at the building, which is a short drive from the opera house.
The spokeswoman, who spoke on condition of anonymity citing police policy, said investigators had ruled out any suspicious circumstances.
Police had yet to determine whether Lewis’s fall was the result of “misadventure or self-harm,” she said.
Co-producer Tim Lawson said the show would continue.
“The company is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Dr. Lewis,” Lawson said in a statement.
“The entire company has decided to continue the show in his honor, and send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends,” he added.
Sydney Opera House said in a statement that Lewis “was a wonderful performer and he will be greatly missed.”
Lewis’s website said he had the distinction of having “the longest-running family-friendly comedy hypnosis show in Las Vegas history.”
He appeared at Vas Vegas’ Riviera Hotel for nine years.
About Dr. Scott Lewis
Dr. Scott Lewis has the distinction of having had the longest-running family-friendly comedy hypnosis show in Las Vegas history. His show appeared at the legendary Riviera Hotel for a record-breaking nine years and received acclaim for being entertaining to audiences of all ages while also being enriching and empowering to those who volunteered.
A global performer, Dr. Lewis continues to perform his show in prestigious venues throughout the world. He also regularly performs or speaks at corporate events, fundraisers and seminars. He has opened for music superstars such as Night Ranger, Smash Mouth, Pablo Cruise, the Village People, En Vogue, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the Charlie Daniels Band, Berlin, the Manhattan Transfer, Grand Funk Railroad and many others.
As a nationally recognized hypnosis expert, Dr. Lewis and his programs have been featured on numerous television and radio programs and networks throughout the world, including The View, Inside Edition, Access Hollywood, Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor, Mark Burnett’s The Casino, VH1’s My Antonio and many others.
Dr. Lewis is the author of two books, The Fitness Groove and The Hypnosis Treatment Option: Proven Solutions for Pain, Insomnia, Stress, Obesity, and Other Common Health Problems, which was a number three bestseller on Amazon.
Dr. Lewis first realized the power of hypnosis to help people achieve their health and wellness goals over 25 years ago, when he used self-hypnosis techniques to help himself lose over 40 pounds. He continues to educate people about the uses of clinical hypnosis for weight loss, smoking cessation, pain control, insomnia and other health issues while demonstrating the use of hypnosis for creativity, imagination and confidence building through his stage performances.
“Hypnosis is a wonderfully relaxing, natural state of mind that we can all use to enhance creativity and confidence, facilitate relaxation and accomplish goals in all areas of our lives,” Dr. Lewis says. “It’s also tremendous fun to demonstrate in a stage setting, where you can clearly see people’s imaginative process at work.”