God is amazing.
I've been feeling a little down over the last two days. Some people know there is a little group of people who's main aim in life seems to be to bring me down. They've been circulating rumours, gossip and making threats to my friends - and they've been working so hard at it that some people are even starting to think that maybe their lies are true.
I've got a very thick skin, and I've copped this sort of childishness for most of my performing career. It all began when I got on TV the first time (The Earlybird Show) and someone else thought it should have been them.
I think my Asperger's helps the insults run off me like water off a duck's back, but now they're starting to attack Sue-Anne as well, and even some of my other friends who are standing up against them and saying "No. You can't say things like that about Tim!"
Of course, that only infuriates them and makes them more aggressive.
So, I started feeling a little worthless, and then today, out of the blue, we got three lovely emails from magicians we've never met who just wanted to write to say how much they loved our work! Sam, Kelly and Nathan, thanks so much for writing. I just wanted to know that your timing was inspired and we both really appreciate the encouragement thats come just when we need it the most! What's even more amazing is that these three are (I think) Christians, so don't tell me it was just a coincidence! ;)
To top it all off we just did a show tonight at Rod Laver Arena where Russell Gilbert was compering. I hadn't seen Russell for years but it was just like "old homes week" and we chatted on for ages about "the old days" when Russell used to drop into my house in Clifton Hill whenever he was passing by and session. We swapped a few tricks, and he even did his cigarette manipulations after our show. He was very excited about The Melbourne Magic Festival and is aiming to catch a few shows next week.
So, my depression is over! I was getting sucked into the little fantasy world of lies and blackness but now I've been dragged back into reality! They can keep gossiping - I've got magic to do!