Lynnwood,WA - The shots look improbable. Some even look impossible. Trick shot artist Cary Wallace specializes in making the inconceivable ... actually happen.
But beating hundred to one odds on a pool table is nothing compared to the odds Wallace has beaten in life.
“I won the lottery you know,” says Wallace.
Good Friday, 2006.Wallace is handing out paychecks at a construction site.
“It felt like somebody hit me in the head with a hammer, remembers Wallace. “I mean just like that quick. And it was pain. And my vision went instantly. And headache like you don't even know.”
The diagnosis: a brain tumor the size of a tangerine. The specialist gave Wallace two years to live.
“And he said there's no out. ‘I'm telling you straight up. I've had ten thousand of these and all of them turned out the same way’ and one of the doctors who was with him said ‘what about a brain cyst?’ and he turned around and said ‘Well I'll tell you what I've never had one but if you have a brain cyst there's a possibility that you could live.’ And I said ‘See, there's an out.’ And I had a brain cyst.”
A ten thousand to one shot and Wallace made it.
“Cards fell right my way,” says Wallace.
With the cyst removed, Wallace faced years of rehabilitation. That's when his wife brought home a pool table.
“The kids can tell you I get up in the morning and shoot pool. They go to bed and wake up and sometimes I'm still shooting pool,” says Wallace.
Wallace got so good the kids didn't want to play him. So two years ago he started practicing trick shots.
“Knocking in six balls at a time. It's always been fun for me,” laughs Wallace.
Wallace is ranked among the thirty best trick shooters in the nation. He's competing against world champions.
“Yeah, what gets you is the people you played pool with 5 or 6 years ago. 'I used to beat you all the time!'
Wallace is competing in a national trick shot pool tournament in Oklahoma City October 20.
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