Aaron Berg is originally from New Brighton, MN, and currently lives in Hammond, WI. Aaron is 43 and has been making cues since 2010 and doing repair work since 2003.
His story really starts when a customer who bought a cue from him and asked him to make a jump cue as well. Aaron looked at his options and chose dymondwood. He chose dymondwood because of its sturdiness, strength, and its ability to be turned down and polished without the need of heavy lacquers.
The Black Magic jump cue began when the dymondwood factory burned down. Aaron sold his materials and began thinking of new ideas. Carbon fiber, being lightweight and super strong, was an obvious choice.
He got his name for the cue from the natural black look (the original name he had for the cue was the Nightstalker). Black Magic is now the name for the cue — black for the color, magic because it jumps better and with less effort than any other cue he had previously made.
The cue is made completely out of carbon fiber no-wood core and weighs only 5 oz. When asked why he chose to make it so light, Aaron said, “I think it’s having the same characteristics as someone choosing a lighter cue for breaking.
A lighter break cue generates more speed and the faster the cue ball goes the more impact to the rack. A lighter jump cues generates more speed creating faster loft for the cue ball in tight situations.
[That’s] the reason we can’t jump very well with a pool cue. There is definitely more energy in a pool cue but not enough speed to create loft, especially in tight areas under ten inches.”
I then asked, ”OK, it’s good up close, but distance jumps?”
Aaron replied by saying, “I find this material to work extremely well down table. Taking the elevation down from 45 degrees really opens up this cue’s ability to jump two to three feet over the obstruction and still stay under control. The shaft doesn’t flex much, so again the energy transfer to the cue ball allows down table shots that stay straight to the target.”
A quote from Aaron Berg: “Most jump cues will work on the best equipment. I’m trying to make the best jump cue for most tables.” To me this is a bold statement meaning he is doing his very best to make a top notch product.
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