I have been playing pool since 1983. I started performing trick shots in college, back in the late 80's, but I have been competing in trick shot competitions since October of 2002. I was invited to ESPN's Trick Shot Magic for the first time in October of 2003, when a good friend of mine Bogdan Wolkowski from Poland dropped out at the last minute due to an arm injury. Once I started competing in the trick shot tournaments, I stopped playing 9-ball and never looked back.
I have worked as the technical advisor of Sweet & Lowdown, a Woody Allen film starring Sean Penn. I have also filmed a couple of commercials, one for All Detergent and one for AT&T, both obviously involving pool and trick shots. I also did a 12 week segment for Spike TV called Bikini Pool Shark. I have also worked with Ewa Laurence and helped her prepare for the 2004 and 2005 Women's ESPN Trick Shot Magic tournament. Ewa's excellent talent, along with coaching from myself and Bruce Barthelette, helped her achieve a second place finish in 2004 and a win in 2005.
In addition to pool, I am an amateur magician. I play Go once a week in a club near my house, and online a few times a week. I enjoy playing poker, both live and online. I am also in the computer business. I own and operate a website company Magic Man Web Services LLC, which currently hosts www.artisticpoolplayers.com.
I am the reigning 2007 World Trick Shot champion.
Andy Segal: Hi, I am Andy Segal, and we are doing some great jump shots. Today we are going to do a jump bank shot. As you can see we have the 8-ball, we want to bank the 8-ball into this side pocket but we are blocked by the two stripe balls. So what I am going to do is, it s kind of like a double jump. I am going to jump the cue ball into the 8-ball which is going to go down on the 8, causing the 8 to jump, hit the rail, use the rail as a ramp, which is going to propel it over the 9 and the 10 and come straight into the side pocket. Now the way you set this up, you have the 10-ball, aligned with this diamond and a little bit more than two balls off the rail, it s about 2 balls and an inch. The 8-ball and the 9-ball are on either sides of the 10, about an inch gap and the cue ball is lined up on the natural bank angle for the 8-ball to bank into the side pocket and about 3 ball space. You see we have about the 3 balls that sit between the cue ball and the 8-ball.
Now let me talk about adjusting. If the 8-ball doesn t jump enough over the 10 that means I am not elevated enough on the 8, which means I got to get the cue ball to jump a little bit higher. So now what I am going to do is I am going to adjust and instead of jacking up like this, I am going to jack up a little bit higher, like that.
Now, something that can happen on this shot, is instead of not jacking up enough you could jack up too much. If I jack up too much what would happen is I will come down too much on the 8 and the 8 instead of jumping into the rail and over the balls will jump up into the rail and go like that. It will jump straight up in order to land on the 10 or land over here and rebound. That will mean, I am jacking too much and I have to bring my cue stick down or hit it a little softer. Adjusting on the bank angle is simple, if I bank the 8-ball and it comes here then I need to adjust my angle to be a sharper angle, we are going to move the cue ball this way. Of course if I bank it here and the 8-ball comes to here, I want to shorten my angle, so I would adjust the cue ball this way. You have to find the right angle that works for you. Anyway that s the jump bank shot. Coming up next we have some more great jump shots, so don t go away.