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Mike Massey Pool Quotes

I really enjoyed the Poolography section in Mike Massey's pool book, Mike Massey's World of Trick Shots. Some of my favorite quotes are below.



Mike Massey wrote:
I lived the life of a hustler up until I was about 25 years old. [Mike Massey's World of Trick Shots pg 253]


Mike Massey wrote:
But deceiving people and hustling them out of their money is, in my mind, completely wrong and I don't encourage it. [Mike Massey's World of Trick Shots pg 253]


Mike Massey wrote:
By the time I was 15 years old I was the best player and I could no longer get a game for money. [Mike Massey's World of Trick Shots pg 255]


Mike Massey wrote:
Small tables are called bar tables by most people. But I called them coin-operated tables because it made me look even more like a sucker. When I first arrived in Detroit Richie Ambrose started calling me "Coin Operator." [Mike Massey's World of Trick Shots pg 257]


Mike Massey wrote:
For the past 30 years I've played pool in a more positive manner. [Mike Massey's World of Trick Shots pg 257]


When Mike was a fireman he began shooting trick and artistic shots.

Mike Massey wrote:
Pool was transforming into an art form. [Mike Massey's World of Trick Shots pg 257]


Mike Massey wrote:
Most of the pros are not too impressed with set up shots, but if it's a shot that requires a difficult stroke, masse, or is a shot they can use in a game, you will definitely get their attention. [Mike Massey's World of Trick Shots pg 258]


Mike Massey wrote:
When Fats was preparing to film his trick shot video he hired me to design, set up, and teach him the shots. [Mike Massey's World of Trick Shots pg 258]


Mike Massey wrote:
One of my favorite pool card tricks requires two decks of cards. [Mike Massey's World of Trick Shots pg 258]


Mike Massey wrote:
I got the nickname Tennessee Tarzan when I was 20 while Bob Graves and I were hustling pool in bars, and arm wrestling as well. [Mike Massey's World of Trick Shots pg 261]


Mike Massey wrote:
Steve Davis and I made a video together called The Amazing Duo. It was produced by Matchroom Sports. We did a trick shot show in front of a small invited audience of around 70 people. [Mike Massey's World of Trick Shots pg 270]


Mike Massey wrote:
I'll eat anything. I haven't found a food yet that I don't like as long as it has been cooked, and I also like sushi and raw fish. [Mike Massey's World of Trick Shots pg 272]


Mike Massey wrote:
I really enjoyed participating in Pool Hall Junkies, which I think is a good movie. [Mike Massey's World of Trick Shots pg 279]



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