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Show goes on after death

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A magic show at the Sydney Opera House will continue despite one of its performers falling to his death from a Sydney balcony.

The body of Las Vegas hypnotist Dr Scott Lewis was found by police on Saturday morning at a Pyrmont apartment block.

He fell from an 11th-floor balcony to the fourth floor, media reports say.

Dr Lewis was to board a bus to take him and the other six members of the magical performance group The Illusionists 2.0 to the Opera House for Saturday’s 2pm (AEDT) show.

Following the discovery, the Opera House cancelled Saturday’s matinee performance due to “unforeseen circumstances”.

It later released a statement confirming his death and expressing its sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues.

“Dr Lewis was a wonderful performer and he will be greatly missed,” the Opera House said.

Show co-producer Tim Lawson said the company was “deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Dr Lewis”.

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

The performers dedicated Saturday night’s show to the hypnotist.

According to his website, Dr Lewis headlined a hypnosis show at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas for more than nine years.

It says he first realised the “power of hypnosis to help people achieve their health and wellness goals” more than 25 years ago when he used self-hypnosis techniques to lose almost 20 kilograms.

“It’s also tremendous fun to demonstrate in a stage setting, where you can clearly see people’s imaginative process at work,” he said.

He was in Australia for a two-month tour as part of The Illusionists 2.0 show.

Police are not treating the death as suspicious and are investigating whether Dr Lewis died from misadventure or self-harm.

They are preparing a report for the coroner.