A trick shot, in pool or billiards (also sometimes snooker), is a shot that does something which would seem unlikely or impossible. The performance of trick shots in pool is actually an organized cue sport and such trick shot competition is known as “artistic pool”. With trick shots you just use a cue ball and one or several object balls just like you normally would, although there are innumerable various props that you can
|use such as drinking glasses, bottles, coins, baskets, chalk, ball racks, etc. These props that you can employ are designed to increase the difficulty of the shot or add some aesthetic or entertainment value (in other words, “makes it look cool” 😀 ). There are specialized pool cues that are often used for|
performing trick shots, especially the massés that you’re going to learn how to do below.
Today I’ve got professional trick shot artist Andy Segal, who has worked as the technical adviser (concerning how to do pool trick shots) for a movie called Sweet & Lowdown, a Woody Allen film starring Sean Penn. He also filmed a couple of commercials, one for All Detergent and one for AT&T, both obviously involving pool and trick shots. You may have also seen him in a 12 week segment for Spike TV called Bikini Pool Shark. He’s going to show you how to properly perform pool trick shots by demonstrating step-by-step what to do and giving you instructions and tips along the way.
A book that every aspiring trick shot artist ought to pick up is Byrne’s Treasury of Trick Shots in Pool and Billiards, with over three hundred secrets and showstoppers explained and diagrammed for you by a master player.
The best overall site for tips, tricks, and tutorials on how to do trick shots is TrickShotTim.com, check it out.
Ever since I hooked an ignition coil up to a car battery and zapped myself I've been interested in 'how-to' do all sorts of things--I put some of them here.