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Jump Shots

2 Ball Catch


This is a simple but hard shot to execute. I've seen Florian Kohler do it many times before, but it can also be seen on ESPN Trick Shot Magic 2013. Jamey Gray was suppose to make the shot, but he missed catching the other object ball, which lead Nick Nikolaidis to advance into the finals with Andy Segal. More importantly, this shot here is worth a challenge for you if you can catch both balls.


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Swipe Jump *


Another Nick Nikolaidis speciality trick shot. Swipe the balls down to the short rail and have them bounce back and fly through the rack and into the side pocket. Nick was at the Michigan Union in Ann Arbor back in Christmas 2011 where he did a demonstration of the same shot for the audience, and let me tell you, that was one of my favorite trick shot memories I will never forget about.


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Catch & Release *


Bruce Barthelette is the one who invented this crazy jump shot here. The first version is to shoot the cue ball first into the cushion and before you catch it, hit the 1-ball, and finally catch the cue ball and beat the 1-ball to the pocket. The ESPN version is to slowly roll the 2 ball to the pocket and everything else all follows from before except you have to pocket the 1-ball to beat the 2 and the 3 ball. Try it and see if you can handle it. These are not easy shots I guarantee it.


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Pizza Tray


One of Nick's cool-looking shots from World Cup of Trick Shots 2013. Pop the 1 ball into the tray and go around once. Pop the 2 ball in as well until you make all the balls onto the tray going around in circles (and in numerical order). Like what Nick said, "Let's have some Mamma Mia Pizza."


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Triple Speed Jump


I think Andy created this shot for the Ultimate Trick Shot Tour back in 2014. The whole goal is to jump the first row of balls and before they are pocketed jump the second row of balls. I've seen this done with standard jump cues, but at the tournament, Marty Carey used his "Jump Q's" to execute the shot, which I never thought it'll be possible. After that, I've now seen everything.


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Lefty Righty Juggle *


One of Nick Nikolaidis famous shots that he uses in his shows. Shoot the 1 ball lefty and then shoot the 2 ball righty. After that, get into position to jump the 1 ball through the rack, and then switch to pocket the 2-ball righty. I suggest that you should start getting use to your good hand first before moving onto your opposite hand. It takes some time in getting use to the technique here, but once you got it down, you'll be nailing that shot almost every time.


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Volley Speed Jump


I first saw this on ESPN Trick Shot Magic 2011 with Jamey Gray performing this shot. Also, I've included a 4-ball version from 2013 Trick Shot Magic, but Nick nor Andy could pull it off - point taken that maybe they were trying too hard. So, here's both versions and enjoy. 


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Split Jump Chain


This is one I saw Andy perform for ESPN Trick Shot Magic 2010. Split jump the two cue balls over the shafts and watch the chain reaction make its way to the 8-ball. This is not so hard to accomplish, but if you feel determined for a greater challenge, try jumping the cue balls out of a rack then.


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Under Knee


Florian Kohler uses this shot in a lot of his shows, but Andy was the one I saw him do the shot first from 2010 Trick Shot Magic. Shoot the object ball over the row of balls and then shoot a blocker ball to follow it in. Repeat the pattern until you make all of the balls in. Can you handle with getting a leg up?


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Triple Chopsticks with Timer *


This shot can be found in Andy Segal's Cue Magic Book, and also from 2013 Trick Shot Magic. Slowly roll the cue ball first, and then switch over to the three balls. Jump the three balls over the butt stick and pocket them before the cue ball falls into the side pocket. Out of all the shots here on this page, this is my most favorite one, so I save the best for last. :) 


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Jump shots are where a cue ball or an object ball leaves the table surface. For straight jump shots, it is usually done with a jump cue. It is shorter and lighter than a normal playing cue, and it requires a very hard special tip. Although jump shots are generally utilized to jump the cue ball over obstructing balls, including a stroke directly into an object ball, or into a cushion with jump action, they are usually sometimes executed with a normal playing cue.

* Shots that are featured in "Andy Segal's Cue Magic" book at

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