Mastering Prop Novelty Pool Shots

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    World Trick Shot Champion Andy Segal discusses four types of pool prop novelty shots.

    Andy Segal

    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 is Andy Segal. We are going to be performing some amazing trick shots today. Today what we are going to so is we are going to do four prop novelty shots. Prop novelty shots are shots that use a prop that does not necessarily belong on a pool table, like a glass or special skill shots like speed shots. The materials you will need are pool table obviously, pool balls, chalk, a Cue stick and that is about it. Before we begin let us talk a little bit about safety; when you are performing speed shots, sometimes what could happen is you perform them so quickly that a ball or two may slide off the table. That happens when you are first starting out and practicing the shots. So you want to make sure that they are no little children around the table or breakables that are near the table. Now let me tell you a little bit about myself; In the trick shot world, I am known as the magic man. I have performed on ESPN numerous times, I have performed in films, TV and commercials a few times and I also own and operate an amateur pool league, The American Poolplayers Association in Hudson County, New Jersey. So, you are ready to get started? Follow me.