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AnitoKid
11-19-2007, 07:28 AM
I was surfing the web when i stumbled upon this article on Filipino pool player Efren Bata Reyes, aka The Magician. Efren Reyes is one of the most celebrated and charismatic pool players who ever wielded a cue stick. In my opinion, it is perhaps the best anecdote ever written on the Billiards Congress of America's Hall of Famer. And I kid you not! (http://anitokid.blogspot.com/2007/11/efren-bata-reyes-aka-magician-working.html) <font color="brown"> </font color> The post's author is Ted Lerner, sports commentator and official correspondent for the 2007 World Pool Championship.

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bataisbest
11-19-2007, 06:45 PM
Thanks for sharing. Truly the GREATEST OF ALL TIME. The fact that he's a humble guy and the total opposite of a guy like Strickland is great in a sport where hubris and bravado tend to overshadow the greatness of its players. Met him several times at tournaments or at Hard Times in Bellflower, CA. Really a joy to watch at the table and you learn something new each time you see him play.He is to pool what JORDAN AND MAGIC were to basketball.

AnitoKid
11-19-2007, 10:06 PM
I'm glad you liked the post. Indeed, The Magician is one of billiards' greats. His humility knows no bounds. He shares his blessings with all and more.

And oh! There was this time that he was interviewed in a TV show in the Philippines. He brought along the cue that he used in a major tournament, a competition that he won. And guess what he did? He gave it as a prize to a lucky audience in the stands! No kidding!

I have seen him play countless times and i have yet to see him flare up during money matches. He always takes time out for the fans, e.g., for photos or just to shake his hand. Maybe that's why he is so blessed in the sport, a game that helped him escaped poverty for himself and his family, and for others. He really never had an "ordinary" childhood because of life's hardships. And when he triumphed in the end, he never forgot where he came from. And I kid you not!

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