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Gospel Trick Shots
Gospel TrickShot #10
Parting of the Red Sea
History of the Trick Shot: This shot has been used by many of the legends of pool. There are many variations to this shot and they can be found in many other published trick shot manuals. Mike Massey’s “World of Trick Shots” is the best in my opinion. My attempt to explain and diagram the shot is below.
GTS Name and Why: Naming the shot “Parting of the Red Sea” idea was suggested to me by Mike Massey. When you read the objective below, it should be obvious why the name was given. However, the message is the most important thing in this shot. I added a bag to the shot and added the name “Free Gift.”
Scripture References in NIV Translation: Exodus 14 and Ephesians 2:8-9.
Cue Ball Placement: Place the cue ball approximately one ball width from the side rail diamond as shown. If needed move cue ball back from frozen two balls on rail another ½ diamond.
Object Ball(s) placement: Place the two balls frozen to each other on the side rail one inch to the right of pocket E. Use the eight ball to be the ball frozen on the rail. Measure two balls width from outer frozen ball and place a third object ball½ ball to the left. Now freeze another object ball ½ ball up from that third object ball. Repeat the process three more times with a two-inch gap between the pairs of balls.
Objective: Hit cue ball firm catching about½ of the outer ball in the two frozen balls on the side rail by side pocket E. Make sure you have a good follow through to catch about half of that third ball. The four pairs of balls will separate as the black eight ball slides across the table into side pocket B.
Special Notes: Place a small “gift” bag (slightly larger than an object ball) on the table about one diamond width from side pocket B with the opening of the bag facing the path of the oncoming eight ball. It will enter the bag on its way to the side pocket and flip over and be deposited in side pocket B.
Crowd Reactions Through the Years: There is much movement on this shot and with the gift bag people are amazed that the eight ball goes in. The parting of the Red Sea was for the salvation of the Jews from the advancing Egyptian army who was chasing them. The gift bag represents our salvation which is a free gift from God because of what Jesus did for us on the cross! We cannot earn salvation but simply receive it!
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