Famous Billiard cuemaker series – Jerry
Patrick McWorter, The
multi-talented “Magician” McWorter Cues
Patrick McWorter was born in Glendale, California. His father owns
a construction company, while his mother helped in the business and
took care of the household with Jerry
Patrick McWorter and two of his sisters. When
Patrick McWorter was thirteen, Jerry was being baby-sitted by a mormon
priest, he used a deck of magic cards and did a little performance
in front of Jerry, to the astonishment of the little Jerry, he asked,”How
did you do that?” The
mormon priest answered,”Make a guess!” And Jerry
Patrick McWorter always
got it right most of the time, he even explained it to the mormon
priest on how he did it. Since then, magic became Jerry's new found
interest, not long after, he found the largest magic shop in town
and relentlessly pursue a higher level of difficulty everytime. He
came to know the 19 years old Eric Nolan, a mgic shop manager and
magician. Seeing that Jerry's passion for magic is almost tangible,
he showed him the best book about magic and even introduce a few of
his friends who are also professional magicians.
Jerry Patrick McWorter spent 8 to
10 hours everyday practicing magic, at the age of 15, he performed in
a magician restaurant making $100 every night. Soon he was performing
in a celebrity hollywood restaurant Magic Castle. In 1981, the 16 year
old Jerry won the best supporting magician title at a competition.
In 1982, when Jerry
was 17, a colleague of his, a magician and also a barber, team up with
a billiards champ, Dean
Dill; they use to fix up a match with Jerry so that they can make some
money out of him. As Jerry is a talented and fast leaner, it doesn't take
him very long for him to win back his money, as he learn from his mistakes
and through observation of top players like Ismael “Morro”
Paez, Ernesto Dominguez and Keith Mcready.
has become a professional magician at that time, but his interest
for billiards grew tremendously. Back in high school, Jerry made
himself the first McWorter billiard cue stick with a cue
though it is a simple piece of billiard cue stick, this is a start to
a promising future. Soon, he got in touch with a cuemaker Santa Barbara
and bought a beautiful Robinson billiard cue stick from him.
and 1983, armed with the Robinson billiard
cue stick , Jerry went to compete in L.A.. After that, he left
L.A. And went to do missions with the mormon priest for 2 years.
In 1985 he went back to his home town and married his high school
sweetheart and worked in his father's construction company, at
that time, he seldom play billiards. In 1987, his son Christopher
McWorter was born, because his marriage is always not a bed of
roses, finally he divorced. Jerry
Patrick McWorter also needs to get a new job as
the construction economy is doing very badly.
Maybe he should make professional billiard cue stick for a living while
waiting for the construction economy to pick up, he thought. In the beginning,
Patrick McWorter thought of just designing the billiard cue stick and
let John Robinson produce them, but John told Jerry
Patrick McWorter that the cuemaking business
is a waste of time because it involves a long time just to produce a
billiard cue stick, and it can't be compared to the construction industry.
But Jerry thought that his idea is workable and he went ahead with his
In 1988, Jerry
started visiting machinery shops, looking for the right machine
and improve his knowledge of making billiard cue stick by doing
research and studying for 70 to 80 hours a week. Soon his money were
all used up, the rent is up, he is unable to pay his son's school
fees and even his livelihood is greatly affected. After 2 months,
Jerry finally sold his first billiard cue stick for $200.
Don Lee, a billiard
cue stick supplier and also a former cuemaker, bought some materials
to let Jerry
Patrick McWorter produce some shafts. And Jerry used to frequent his
shop to borrow his lathe machine and also ask him on questions of
cuemaking. At the same time, famous
cuemaker Ernie Gutierrez (Gina Cue) came back into the scene
after stopped cuemaking for 15 years. Jerry
Patrick McWorter knew that Ernie used
to but lathe parts and went to him to get some materials, and Ernie started to take notice of him, soon he is encouraging Jerry and even
gave him tips on billiard cuemaking.
McWorter admitted that
his initial batches of billiard cue stick are performance billiard cues
but lacks the aesthetics of other famous billiard cue stick. Since
the day he decided to join the cuemaking industry, he has never thought
of a logo, all he does is a signature on his billiard cue stick.
Feedbacks from his customers are also quite encouraging as they claim
that Jerry's billiard cue stick are high performance but lacks beauty,
having said that, the players don't even know that the billiard cue
stick were made by Jerry
Patrick McWorter. After listening to all the feedbacks, Jerry
decided to improve his billiard cue's quality, his billiard cue stick
have to be high performance and Jerry started to introduce more intricate
designs on his billiard cue stick.
Very soon Jerry's
order from customers starts to flow in when his billiard cues started
to improve and designs are getting intricate. Jerry started to partner
up with Joe Salazar from AAA Billiards Supply to sell his billiard cues.
At the same time, Jerry took part in competitions to create awareness
and sell his billiard cues.
After 2 years,
Jerry remembered that his friend John Robinson was right in saying
that making performance billiard cue stick without the intricate
beautiful designs can never sell well, you can only make a small
living out of it. This made him to set a new benchmark for himself
by producing better billiard cue stick and he ordered newer and
better billiard cuemaking machines. Already a recorgnised performance
billiard cuemaker, with added designs to his 6 point cues, it played
into his hands very well.
Between 1992 to
1994 is Jerry's most important days of his competition and billiard cuemaking
life. McWorter cues has already been famed aound America and with the
support from professional players, it seems like everyone was carrying
a McWorter cue.
At the same time,
Jerry came to know a 21 year old Japanese student Yoshi Horigome,
besides buying himself a billiard cue stick from him, he also hepled
Patrick McWorter to sell his billiard cue stick in Japan. With the
help and hard work from Yoshi, Jerry finally open his foreign market
in Japan, and his orders increased tremendously.
In 1993, through
his hardships in producing those beautiful billiard cue stick, Jerry
was listed on the American Cue Makers Association. Without accepting
his current status, Jerry
Patrick McWorter continue to set himself high standards
in his billiard cue stick. Jerry
Patrick McWorter keeps giving praises to a famous
billiard cuemaker on Alaska Thomas Wayne, very soon they got in touched
and became good friends. Thomas introduced Jerry
Patrick McWorter his friends and
also gave him knowledge of the latest technology. In 1994, Jerry
finally have his own logo embeded in his billiard cue stick.
In 1995 December,
Jerry Patrick McWorter and Thomas teamed up with a famous photographer
Chuck Montique, to launch Showcase of American Cue Art. Jerry's billiard
cues stick was the main attraction, among were top players and makers
from around the world. The response was over-whelming, it attracted
enthusiasts and players from all over the world, and they decided
to organise the second one in New York.
At that time,
Jerry Patrick McWorter
and Jan (his wife) gave birth to Ryan, his new born son. They moved to
Ventura, Jan used to take part in WPBA competitions. Because of Jan's
birth, Jerry started to move away from his cuemaking passion, soon
he was drawn to music. His passion in music grew when he was mesmerized
by a fast number in Ventura. Because Jerry
Patrick McWorter is a fast learner, he
started playing drums, and soon took part in competitions and staged
performance regularly. In 1999, the artistic side of him side tracked
him to motion picture industry along with his sister Kathy.
Presently, Jerry's billiard cue stick are high contrast in colors and
modern, he only does one-of-a-kind billiard cue stick, in the future
he will only devote himself into artistic billiard cue stick.
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