Gospel Trick Shot # 3 Peer Pressure ~ Steve Lillis

History of the Trick Shot:

The first time I think I saw this trick shot was in an exhibition by the late great BCA Hall of Fame pool player Jimmy Caras. There are many other names for this shot as it has been around for a long time. One other name for the shot that I am aware of is the Rosebud.

GTS Name and Why: Peer Pressure – Having been a teacher for 23 years to mostly college freshmen, I often thought about the tremendous peer pressure imposed on them. In many of my college shows, I almost always include this shot to remind students about choices in life. I ask them to pick one of the four pockets ABDE which represent four possible directions in life. I remind them that their Creator has a special plan for them as each person is uniquely different. Peer pressure can take them out of God’s good plan for their life. Be careful who you keep company with!

Scripture References in NIV Translation: Romans 12:2; Proverbs 22:24-25; Proverbs 4:14-16; Proverbs 22: l; II Corinthians 6:8; I Corinthians 15:33.

Cue Ball Placement: Depending on designated pocket ABED, the cue ball will be placed accordingly.


Object Ball(s) Placement: Place six balls frozen around the black 8-Ball as shown with four 1⁄2 inch gaps.

Objective: Hit the object ball closest to cue ball full and firm and watch 8-Ball go in designated pocket.

Special Notes: Continue to re position cue ball same distance from closest object ball so that you can make 8-Ball in all four pockets around the symmetrical shape. Place scarf over the object balls for special effect. Then position cue ball so that the line to strike the object ball is directly to the opposite pocket. In diagram you would aim for pocket D and 8-Ball would come out from under scarf to pocket A.

Crowd Reactions Through the Years: People are deeply moved by this shot with the scarf as it represents faith because you cannot see what will happen. So, it is the same in life as we walk by faith. I have used this shot many times in the “Ella” story (see Chapter 21) to illustrate choices when tragedy hits home. I personally chose to trust God and then share some of my other impulses which would have led to other problems. Crowds have been silenced by this shot, hearts have changed, and Jesus Christ glorified!

Author: Steve Lillis Editor: Chris Freeman

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