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, my name Andy Segal and today I am going to show you how to set up and perform some amazing trick shots. We have a nice video series coming up with four great Set up shots. Now, Set up shots are shots where you have a bunch of balls clustered and you hit them and they all go in or something happens. That s the definition of Set up shot. We have four of them coming up, some of them including the Rose Bud shot and the famous Just Showing Off shot. Now, the materials you will need are pool table obviously, pool balls, shot, a cue stick and that s about it.
Now, before we start I want you to keep in mind that when you are performing some of these shots for the first time, there is a chance that one or more balls may fly off the table, especially when you are performing the jump shot. So, you want to be careful when you first starting out that there is nobody around that can get hit or hurt and you don t have any breakables near the pool table. As you get more practiced, with the shot that is going to happen less and less.
Let me tell you little bit, about myself. In the trick shot world I am known as the Magic Man I am a ranked professional trick shot artist. I have appeared on ESPN a bunch of times. I have worked in film, T.
V, and commercials and I also own and operate an American Poolplayers Association, Amateur League in Hudson county, New Jersey. So, you are ready to get started, well, let s go.