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  • ESP Routine (Mystery)

    By on February 23, 2010

    This is the famous ESP routine demo’d by Mystery in The Pickup Artist on Vh1.
    • PUA walks up to a girl and say, “Do you believe in ESP?” Remember to SMILE or you may startle her.
    • “Just think of the first # that pops into your head from one to four. Don’t say it. Just think it … now take that # and imagine that it is drawn on a blackboard in your head. Have you done that?”
    • She says OK
    • “What’s so neat about imagination is … we both have it … On the blackboard, I see the number … three.”
    • Whether you get it right or not it does not matter, the point is she is playing along.
    • “Alright, lets try this one more time. This time think of a different # from one to 10. Got it? Picture it in white chalk on the blackboard … you are thinking of the number … 7.”


    • If you got the first wrong and the second right, you look like you finally got it … a 1 in 10 chance. If you get BOTH right (a 90% chance seeing as it is a psychological trick where most north Americans naturally choose 3 and 7 as their first picks) that’s a 1 in 40 chance … “and of course I don’t stake my reputation on mere chance.”
    • If you get the first right but the second wrong or both wrong, say… “PROOF! ESP does NOT exist!” Then start to laugh like this “Mooa ha ha ha ha ha ha! And you believe in ESP!” a good neg hit to start. If she mentions that most people pick 3 and 7 (most girls wont know this though) just say, “really? Hmm… didn’t know that … thank you Cliff Claven.” (From Cheers)
    • If you take the wording I have and do this EXACTLY as stated, you will be surprised HOW well you will do. When they ask HOW, tell them … I DON’T KNOW. Tell her you can SEE the #s on your imaginary blackboard. This is NOT a trick. You hate magicians. If she wants you to do this again, tell her … “don’t be greedy now.”
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    • CoPilot

      This lil trick is one of the best out there, especially if you follows it up with the role playing/inner self routine, cudos for mentioning this one :D!

    • Chisel

      This is great!!! After this opener, cut the thread and stack this trick to show you are a genius as well as psychic or even better … use it create an Us-Bubble and Isolate the Target as well as to set her into a Compliance mode while you qualify her level of drunkness and / or intelligence in doing simple math while you DHV!
      You can also drop the thread at anytime and play off her reactions to use in later Multi-Threading when building Rapport.

      NOTE: This is a simple example – I will give the explanation at the end.

      PUA: Pick a number … any number but keep it simple because you will have to do some math with it.
      HB: Ok
      PUA: Add 6 to your number
      HB: Ok
      PUA: Double it.
      HB: OK
      PUA: Subtract 2
      HB: OK
      PUA: Divide it in half.
      HB: OK
      PUA: Subtract your original number.
      HB: OK
      PUA: You are left with the number 5 (This will always be correct!)
      HB: OMG! I want to have your children.

      You can make this as difficult or simple as you choose and it is entirely founded in solid mathematics.

      Any number is X
      Add any number to it that you are comfortable doing math with like 4, 6, 10. We used 6 so that it becomes X + 6 in this example
      “Double it” so that it becomes 2X + 12 (in this case)
      Add or Subtract some other number to make it more confusing “Subtract 2” would make it 2X + 10 (get it?)
      “Divide it in half” would make it X + 5
      “Subtract your original number” taking away her number removes the variable and makes it just 5.
      “Your number is 5”

      • Sniper


        This works. I have been able to open but I was not able to keep the target interested for long. I also realised that I jump topics very often. I’ve tried in the gym so the target I have a limited window to make an impact before the target goes back to the workout.

        I’ve not tried taking the drunken advantage coz I believe that its an unfair advantage and sober pick up would be more challenging.

    • sav

      thanks mystery and chisel…………

    • Scott

      Tacking on to the pick a number example. No matter if you get one two or none correct, you can always close with this one.
      “ok, one last time… Pick a number between 68 and 70”. If she smiles coyly and looks right at you, escalate the kino.

    • “HB: OMG! I want to have your children.” lol

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