An American stage hypnotist in Sydney for a series of shows at the Opera House has fallen to his death at an inner-city apartment block.
The body of Scott Lewis, part of the Illusionists 2.0 magic troupe, from the United States, was found on a fourth floor balcony at Pyrmont about 9.40am.
Witnesses have told police they saw an object fall as many as six storeys at the Goldsborough Mort apartments in Pyrmont Street. Police say there are no suspicious circumstances, but it is understood that inquiries will be made to determine if Dr 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 apartment block, said she was woken by the sound of a “whoomp” noise near her unit soon after 9am.
Ms Waack, from Yallourn North in Victoria, said she then 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.
“She was saying ‘do they know?, do they know?’,” Ms Waack said.
“Then we saw the police arrive soon after that.” In promotional material for the show Dr Lewis is described as the host of the longest running hypnosis show in Las Vegas history where members of the audience are hypnotised on stage to perform comedic and outrageous acts.
Last night we had the opportunity to watch the dress rehearsal for the second installment of the illusionists theatre show at the Sydney Opera House. With a good understanding of how magic works, I guess I have a different take of a magic performance compared to a lay person. So there was good and bad things to be said about the performance, but in this Blog I’ll focus on the good
Chatting with 4 of our staff who attended the dress rehearsals, we all agreed that both “the unusualist” Raymond Crowe and “the Warrior”Aaron Crow were the stand out performers of the production.
Aaron Crow AKA the Warrior performed an intense, death defying performance which didn’t need words or an introduction but coupled with high energy orchestral music and Aaron’s stage presence and demeanor, the audience knew straight away something big was about to happen.
Our other favorite stage performer, Raymond Crowe AKA the Unusualistprovided an opposing performance as far as style is concerned – but equally as engaging and mesmerizing to watch. Known largely from his hand puppet routine which went viral on youtube some time ago, it wasn’t this which stood out with Raymonds performance.
The stand out part of Raymonds performance was not just his mime or illusion skills but his overall stage presence and ability to hold the crowds (1000 people+) attention for the duration of his act.
Not being a lay person nor a Magician, I guess I would have a different reaction to the performance so I would love to hear your feedback on the show, Both from Magicians and audience members who are experiencing magic for the first time. If you disagree with anything I have written in this Blog feel free to speak up