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. Today we going to be doing some masse pool trick shots. The masse pool shots are where the cue ball curves and changes direction These are the most exciting shots. We are going to have a good time. Let's first talk about the material. What do you need to perform the trick shot? Well, you need a pool table, you need balls, chalk and a cue stick. Now for the most of the masse pool shots, we are going to be using a masse cue which is shorter and heavier than a regular cue. We will get into that later when we get to the individual shot. Let us also talk about a little about safety. When you are doing masse pool shot, it is easy for the ball to possibly jump off the table and hit something, so you want to make sure that there are no small children near the table or breakable items. if you do not want to anyone hurt or anything get broken.
Make sure that you have a nice clear area in which you are practicing. As you get better with the shot, the chances of that happening go down. Before we begin, I want to tell you a little bit about myself. In the trick shot world I am known as magic man. I have been on ESPN numerous times. I have performed in films, TV and commercials and I also own and operate and an amateur pool league called the American Poolplayers Association out at Hudson County, New Jersey. So you are ready to have some fun, let us get to those masse pool trick shots.