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 this is the fourth and final jump shot, and by far the most difficult. It combines two skills jump and masse. We have the nine-ball hanging in the pocket and the cue ball over here trapped inside the rack, then normally you could just jump the cue ball out of the rack and make the nine. But we want to make it a little more difficult than that and we are going to do jump and masse, so we are going to jump the cue ball this way out of the rack, it will land around here turn around come back and make the nine.
Now, for this trick pool shot I am going to sit up here and I am going to aim almost straight up table I am probably going to aim towards that corner pocket on the left and I am going to hit it with bottom masse which is from the center back towards me and a little bit of Left-Hand English in order to pull the cue ball into this cushion. That is the jump masse shot, and do not forget masse pool shot very, very difficult so do not get discouraged, courage if you are not making them on the first try or even the first ten tries or even the first 100 tries, they will take a long time to perfect. Well, that concludes the masse portion of this video and if you want to see more trick shots, why don't you just practice them all, and maybe I will run in to you one day at the trick pool shot competition.