In 2011, the Sydney Opera House booked several international illusionists. The show was such a big hit, they were back again last week billed as The Illusionists 2.0, scheduled to run for eight days. But tragically, one of the performers, Dr Scott Lewis, fell from his 11th floor Sydney city balcony on Friday night, and died at the scene.
His fellow performers didn't learn of his death until he failed to
board the shuttle bus that would take them to the venue on Saturday morning. His body was found at 9.40 am on a 4th floor balcony and he was already dead when paramedics arrived.
The Saturday matinee was cancelled "due to unforeseen circumstances" but the evening show went ahead with the audience oblivious to the tragic event earlier that day.
"They dealt with it in a very positive way" his brother Nader Dabit said. "No one knew anything was missing until the end. I was shocked that they were able to do a show seeing as they had just lost their colleague and friend. That takes a lot of courage."
Although police do not think his death was suspicious, Detective Inspector Jones said "We're not discounting any possibility at this stage."