Prop, Novelty, & Special Arts Shots
The shots here are the ones that are least likely to come up in a regular game of pool. These shots require, a rack or a bridge as a prop, shooting a moving ball (wing shots), shooting one-handed, or even speed shots that involves shooting multiple balls in a set amount of time.
Joke shots don't really require a cue stick to perform with, but specific skill is still required.
This discipline is also known as the general amusement category.
Paul Danno's Cluster
Paul "Book-em" Danno created this new variation for the UTS tournament in Huntington, New York. It's a combination of an old book trick shot from the Artistic Pool program, and part of an easy button shot. It's easy to make if you know how to make the cluster first and have the cue ball reach the butt to be pocketed. It's a great shot by Paul Danno, and I recently did this video as a get well video for his recent quadruple heart surgery back last year.
This is a classic shot that past pool players used to excite the audience back in the early years of trick shots. I've seen Bogdan Wolkowski did it with a platform on top for a human being to stand on, and he was also able to make it while blind folded. This shot has been in many generations of artistic pool players and it still captivates audiences today, even for my fans as well.
Slalom Stacker Shot
This is Nick Nikolaidis's harder version of the slalom shot he uses in trick shot tournaments. It's the same way as before from a previous video on my website, but with a stacker ball. The first cue ball must pocket the stacker ball and move out of the way for the second cue ball to pocket the fallen object ball. If the fallen ball goes into the pocket before it's hit by the second cue ball, the shot is considered no good.
Stacker Ball Wing Shot
I remember this shot from when Tom Rossman competed in 2008 Trick Shot Magic against Andy Segal. You need a stacker ball to do this shot and good eye coordiantion and speed. You can make one just by drillin a little divot hole on top and flatten the surface on the bottom. If you know someone who does carpentry, ask him or her to make one for you. Hopefully, it doesn't require money to pay for a 2 minute process.
A variation Tom Rossman used in 2009 ESPN Trick Shot Magic against Andy Segal. It's like doing the same one from the book shot program, but you have to do two sets as shown in the video. It's a great classic shot to start off with to begin your trick shot training.
Fill the Pocket
Andy Segal created this shot and used it against me in the 2016 US Open. It's where you break up the small triangle and pocket all the balls in the corner and only touching the rails near the pocket. It requires good cue ball control and setting up where you need to have the cue ball go next to pocket the next ball. It's a difficult shot if you don't know much about cue ball control or the patience to do so. I advise you to brush up on your 8 or 9 ball game before you start doing shots like these.
Andy used this mystery trick shot on ESPN against Florian Kohler. The trick is to pocket all six balls, one in each pocket, while they are in a line and frozen to each other. It's a puzzle that many players can't do, and if they figure out how to solve the puzzle, then they know how to be a professional trick shot artist. It's a great shot that requires thinking on how to have each shot done perfectly.
Forwards and Backwards
Nick Nikolaidis created this new variation of the same "Slalom" shot he created six years ago. Only this time, you have to go forwards and then halfway come back to pocket the hanger. It's a neat variation, and one of Nick's specialty. The only issue you got to look out for is not being tall enough for the shot, so it's ok to use a chair because it's legal in both ranked tournaments and on ESPN matches.
Juggle Through Three Gaps
Another new trick shot created by Nick Nikolaidis. This version requires three balls juggled through each gap between highlighter markers and then have them be rolled into the corner after going through the third gap. The key here is consistant speed on each hit for the balls to not collide in the middle of the execution. If collision occurs by one of the balls, the shot is no good. The same goes for knocking down the highlighters as well. It's a great shot and a good learning one where you can learn more on how to adjust your speed for each ball you hit. Take my word for it, this will help improve your speed accuracy for your next 8-ball game.
This shot is one Tim Chin demonstrated on his trick shot website. I've seen this before many times earlier back in 2006 when Ppooler did this in his first trickshot video on YouTube. This is one that'll please your audience fans and one where it can be repeatable in a trick shot match. Watch the video to see what I mean.