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BGT Magician Tells Full Story Behind His Wife's Cancer Battle While Pregnant After IVF

Tom Wood

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BGT Magician Tells Full Story Behind His Wife's Cancer Battle While Pregnant After IVF

Featured Image Credit: Britain's Got Talent

A stage magician left Ant McPartlin and Alesha Dixon in tears on Britain's Got Talent after he told the story of how his wife struggled with aggressive breast cancer whilst she was pregnant with their daughter.


Marc Spelmann and his wife, Tessa, had managed to conceive after five treatments of IVF but got the bad news after Tessa found a lump on her breast.

Luckily the story has a happy ending and Tessa survived the cancer and gave birth to their daughter, Isabella.

As for Marc, he was voted straight through to the live semi-finals after Ant and Dec pressed the golden buzzer to put him through.

Marc, a 45-year-old magician from North London, spoke about 'real magic' on stage whilst telling his story. It's hard to disagree with him.


He said: "Tessa and I had been trying for a baby probably going back 10 years.

"We found it was hard for her to conceive. We gave it one last chance and we were convinced that it wasn't going to work. We did a test and it came through negative, so we resigned ourselves to adopting, because we were desperate to be parents.

"When you do IVF you have to have a blood test, so Tessa went and had the blood test and you have to wait an hour or so and then they said 'congratulations, you are pregnant'.

"It was the most bizarre moment ever. She burst into tears because it was 10 years of trying.

"She couldn't contain herself. It was what I class as real magic."

However, their happiness soon turned to despair after the awful news of Tessa's cancer came some months afterwards.

Credit: Twitter/@iamspelmann
Credit: Twitter/@iamspelmann

He continued: "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 OK. 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 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.

"It was a rollercoaster ride, with highs and dark lows, even after Isabella's birth."

Despite the problems they face, both mother and daughter survived, and Marc - who has been doing magic since he was seven years old - managed to wow the judges to get through to the semis.

"There was so much emotion, because it was dedicated to Tessa and Isabella," he said. "It was truly humbling experience."

Good luck to all of you.

Topics: TV and Film, Ant McPartlin, Inspirational, Britain's Got Talent, UK Entertainment, ITV, Simon Cowell, UK, Cancer, Ant and Dec

Tom Wood
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