Monday, September 24, 2007

The Pickup Artist

This week VH1 will air the season finale to “The Pickup Artist”. This is a reality show where a bunch of lovable losers learn the secret ways to hit on women from a “Master” pickup artist named Mystery. The nerds are eliminated weekly until a winner is declared. I usually stay away from reality TV like the plague. The only reason I gave this show a chance was because I read “The Game” by Neil Strauss a while ago. This book sorta chronicled the life of the host of the show, Mystery, and his adventures as a pickup artist. I was curious to see from the show if the lessons learned in “The Game” could truly be applied in real world situations.

I’ve only seen two episodes so far but I haven’t really learned anything. I learned that reality TV still sucks. Here are some conversation initiators I remember from the book, that are repeated in Mystery’s latest interview with Conan O’Brien (seen below). Mystery says to never approach women head on, but instead to do so at the non- threatening angle of 2 or 10 o’clock. I guess that makes sense. To initiate a conversation he talks about wearing articles of (for lack of a better word) “flair”. In the Conan interview his example was a bracelet that ties up where one could ask the target for assistance to tie it up. Sure, I guess. An example of an opener used on the show was to ask the target if she “saw the fight” that just happened outside. That kinda works. Another common opener was to ask the target for a “female opinion” on something. Ya, that works. That’s all I remember. I prefer my own conversation initiation technique known as “long, intense staring”. It never fails.

1 comment:

Helen said...

Since your "long, intense staring" initiation technique works too well, you would have to post your date wanted ad on craigslist.