Britain's Got Talent magician Marc Spelmann opens up about wife's cancer battle while pregnant

Britain’s Got Talent returned to TVs over the weekend, and with it came Marc Spelmann, whose incredible – and moving – magic trick moved Ant McPartlin to tears.

The judges were stunned by Marc’s act, and moved by his wife’s IVF struggle during her battle with cancer.

Speaking in-depth about the period for the first time, Marc told The Mirror: “Tessa and I had been trying for a baby probably going back 10 years.”

He explained that they “gave it one last chance”, but didn’t think that it would work. Although a pregnancy test came back negative, the couple were then told that they were having a baby when Tessa went for a blood test.

“It was the most bizarre moment ever. She burst into tears because it was 10 years of trying,” Marc revealed. “She couldn’t contain herself. It was what I class as real magic.

“We were in a euphoric state and then, about three months later, Tessa found a lump on her breast. So I said she should check it out and it wasn’t okay – Tessa had a really aggressive form of breast cancer. It was a large tumour and they said you will need chemotherapy and a mastectomy.

“The only words that came out of her mouth were, ‘What about my baby?’, which says everything about Tessa. We had days of pure hell – is Tessa going to make it, is the baby going to make it?

“Tessa had a reduced form of chemotherapy so [daughter] Isabella was safe inside but Tessa lost her hair and had to have a mastectomy… Isabella was two months premature but had to come out by C-section so then Tessa could be whisked away for radiotherapy and a harsher form of chemotherapy.”

Marc continued: “It was a rollercoaster ride, with highs and dark lows, even after Isabella’s birth,” before saying how “truly humbling” it was to get through to the BGT live semi-finals.

Britain’s Got Talent returns next Saturday on ITV.

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