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 first of the four jump shots in this video series. This is an actual in game situation that came up a while ago. I was playing a game 8-ball and I was solids and I have one solid left and the 8-ball here. My opponent had all his balls down the other end. Then normally I would just shoot the 5-ball nice and soft, leave the Cue ball here and make the 8. For some reason, I shot it too hard and after I made the 5, the Cue ball jumped in the air, hit this rail and landed right here. Can you believe that? Well, luck, anyway. Good thing, I knew what to do. This category is called Jump shots. So what we are going to do is I am going to shoot the cue ball into this cushion, the Cue ball is then going to rebound up over and out of the ringer balls, travel down the table, pocket the 8. The way, I set this shot up is I have a ring of stripe balls, the first ball and the last ball are right at the diamonds and the other balls just kind of form a quarter circle. The Cue ball could be anywhere inside this ring but it is better to be far away from the rail, it will be an easier jump, and you want to position the Cue ball. So your stick goes between the ten and the eleven and make it a little easier for you to hold the stick.
What you want you to do for jump shot is, you want to aim down at the Cue ball, you force the Cue ball into the slate which then rebounds the Cue ball up. Now because we are not just jumping the cue ball, we are jumping it off a rail, the rail acts as ramp, so we do not really need to jump the Cue ball all that much. For this shot, we only need to jump the Cue ball about sixteenth or an eighth of an inch and then rail will propel it up and over the line of balls. So here we go. Now, what happened there, was I did not aim the Cue ball with enough angle, I aimed it straight, so it came back straight. The adjustment is to lean over a little more and aim with more angle, so that is what I am going to do. Bingo. Now what happens, if the Cue ball misses on the other side, I missed it over here and so I adjusted, let us say the Cue ball misses here, I could jump into the rail and it could hit up on the rail or hit here and bounce out. Well, in that case I have too much angle and I want to adjust back.
Now, the last thing that may go wrong is you may not jump it enough or you may jump it too much. Sometimes you could jump it like this or not jump it at all and it hits the balls. In that case, you just didn t hit it hard enough or you didn t jack up enough. The last thing that can happen is the Cue ball can hit the rail and either jump up like this or jump off the table. In that case, you are jacking up too much or you are hitting it too hard. Now this is one of those shots where you do not want anyone to be standing over there or have any breakables over there because when you are first starting out, it is very-very easy to have the Cue ball jump off the table in this direction. It is also easy to have the Cue ball jump off the table in this direction, so you want to make sure when you are first starting out to have things cleared away, so nothing gets hurt or broken.
Coming up next, we are going to be jumping the 8-ball into a corner pocket. So do not go away.