BRITAIN'S Got Talent star Marc Spelmann says The Witch's terrifying Ultimate Magician performance is 'TV gold' ahead of Sunday night's show.
Marc, who has competed on the show as himself and alter-ego Magician X over the years, is part of a stellar line-up of magic acts doing battle for a £50,000 prize.
The special, which was filmed in October, features 10 well-known Got Talent contenders from around the world.
And the irony of having Marc and The Witch on the same bill wasn't lost on the former.
Throughout the last series of BGT Marc was heavily tipped to be the man behind the mysterious crone's mask until he finally put the record straight in an exclusive interview with us.
Now, in a new chat, he recalls the speculation and laughs: "I've actually got a photo of me and The Witch in the same picture, so it's conclusive proof that I am 100 per cent not The Witch."
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Marc is full of praise for his fellow performer's act though, calling it "great" and "really good character style magic."
Giving fans a taste of what they can expect, he says: "There's gonna be surprises, there's gonna be things that inspire and that are slightly more emotive; The Witch is definitely gonna scare. It's TV gold… and you're gonna see some amazing close-up magic, you're gonna see some amazing stage magic, you're going to see some amazing production. There's something for everyone in the show. It's going to be amazing."
With a huge prize pot was up for grabs, you'd be forgiven for thinking the mood backstage was tense as one act at a time did their best to trick the arena audience and judges.
But the reality is the 10 acts worked together to refine their performances and cheered each other along wholeheartedly.
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Marc explains: "What was really lovely about the whole thing was backstage, we're all in the same green room and ready to go, it was the camaraderie which was great.
"Even though there's a prize there of £50,000, don't get me wrong that's lovely and it helps, it really was for us as magicians and performers it was a celebration of magic."
But the celebration wasn't without its difficult moments.
Marc was forced to make a major last minute change to his latest act when hosts Ant and Dec were taken ill with covid before filming.
He says: "The main part of the act is as it was always going to be, but the very first part of my act with Ant and Dec was going to be all about time, and there was a bit where I was going to do an effect that everyone at home could join in on, one of these interactive things.
"I was going to get someone to think of an hour on the clock and we're all gonna come together in unison and think of exactly the same hour.
"It could only work with Ant and Dec because there was something I was going to do with them personally with time and watches and clocks and things.
"That had to change once we got the call. It wouldn't have worked the same with Stephen [Mulhern], so I had to do something far more streamlined and quick. That was last minute, literally in my hotel room at one in the morning, preparing, going over this new bit. As simple as it is, when you see it it's really simple, but I'm filming this tomorrow and it's got to go right.
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"No one likes a last minute change but it is what it is especially in the times we've found ourselves in in the last couple of years. We've all learned to expect the unexpected."
BGT: The Ultimate Magician will air on Sunday, December 18, 2022 at 8pm on ITV.
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