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U.S. hypnotist Scott Lewis falls to his death in Sydney

SYDNEY — American hypnotist Scott Lewis has fallen to his death from an apartment building in Sydney, news reports said today.

50-year-old Lewis, who was in Sydney to perform in a series of shows at the Opera House called The Illusionist 2.0, is believed to have fallen from his 11th floor apartment to a 4th floor balcony.

Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene after police and paramedics arrived at the Goldsbrough Mort building in Pyrmont, an inner-city suburb of Sydney.

The discovery of Lewis’ body was made after he failed to board a charter bus scheduled to take him and fellow performers to the Opera House for a matinee performance.

“We wish to express our deepest sympathies to Dr Lewis’ family and friends, as well as to the cast and crew,” the Opera House said in a statement.

Tim Lawson, co-producer of the show, said the evening show would not be cancelled, but put on in Lewis’ honor.

“The entire company has decided to continue the show in his honor, and send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends,” Lawson said in a statement.

The Opera House, which has been hosting the show since Thursday, cancelled today’s matinee performance due to “unforeseen circumstances” before releasing a statement confirming the hypnotist’s death.

Police told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph that they were not treating the death as suspicious.

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