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    By on January 31, 2010

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    Mystery (Erik Von Markovik)
    Mystery (Erik Von Markovik)

    Real Name: Erik von Markovik
    Affiliation: PUA Instructor at Venusian Arts

    Erik von Markovik

    Born in Canada in 1971 as Erik James Horvat-Markovic, Mystery was a major contributor to the seduction community since its inception on the ASF forums as seducers began exchanging ideas online. In the book The Game, he took on author Neil Strauss under his wing and brought him under his tutelage. Prior to becoming a PUA, Mystery was a magician and used the same stage name for his magic shows. His first girlfriend was his assistant from a kid’s birthday party where he performed his first magic show.

    As mainstream media began to notice the community, in 2007, Mystery was featured on the VH1 reality show The Pick-up Artist and again in 2008 in The Pick-up Artist: Season 2. Mystery is probably one of the most well known PUAs in the community, first labeling himself and then acknowledged by others as the “world’s greatest pick-up artist”.
    Indeed, many of the original pickup artist lingo was developed by Mystery in The Mystery Method. He was a major pioneer in the idea of “structured game”, and that game can be taught systematically from one instructor to another person. His major detractors represent the natural game group: instructors that believe in developing individual personalities as opposed to mechanical routines. Both schools of thought have their merits and drawbacks.

    Mystery Quotes

    My job here is to get you into the game.  I need to get what’s in my head into yours.  Think of tonight as a video game. It is not real. Every time you do an approach, you are playing this game.  All your emotions are going to try to fuck you up.  They are there to try to confuse you, so know right now that they cannot be trusted at all. You will feel shy sometimes, and self-conscious, and you must deal with it like you deal with a pebble in your shoe. It’s uncomfortable, but you ignore it. It’s not part of the equation.

    I’m dressing for the outrageous club girls, the hot slutty girls, the ones I could never get.  They’re playing groupie, so I gotta play rock star.

    Mystery Pictures

    mystery magic

    Mystery performing a magic trick

    mystery matador

    Mystery and Matador

    mystery tyler durden

    Mystery and Tyler Durden

    neil strauss peacocking

    Mystery and Style Peacocking

    Mystery on Conan

    Mystery on Jimmy Kimmel

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    • Vitor

      Do you intend to do workshops in foreing countries? like Brazil ?

      I know this next question is gonna sound dumb, but perhaps I need such answer to make my change, so, what does a master pua like you think of love ?

    • Hi Vitor,

      Thanks for writing. These are actually PUA profiles are not actually written by the PUAs themselves. I.e. This post on Mystery was written via research by me. As far as I know Venusian Arts has no bootcamps in Brazil. Having been to Belo Horizonte and Rio myself, I would think that the women are a-plenty and you really just have to get out of your comfort zone to say “ola!”

    • Ryan

      alphawolf canu help me meet mystery or a real PUA tht can teach me?

    • Hey Ryan,

      I don’t know Mystery personally, but you could sign up for his courses at Venusian Arts. There are many instructors to choose from, in addition to long term training on your own, depending on your motivation and skill level.

      This may help:


    • FreeZa

      Can you teach me how to saw my ex-girfriend in half? LOL

    • ACE

      I agree with most of the methods put forward by mystery and style in ‘the game’, however I disagree with negging to an extent. I can understand why the method is used, its so the target feels she has to earn your attention and they seek that challenge. However to go too personal and point out something they could well be very self concious about eg. laughing about their overbite, then they might think you’re a bit of a dick for mentioning it. Do you understand where I’m coming from?

    • karl d slayer

      guy lil info about playing the game here in my country philippines, mm are great to use here however you need to put a lil twist due to that filipinas are way tooooo conservative..but if you master the game and put a twist you can getshb as easy as 1,2,3…i dare all the pua’s out there to play the game w/ me here..show your style

      • light

        hi karl, contact me, wheres your usual place of sarging?

    • karl d slayer

      @ ace..i get your point..but the thing about the neg is you have to do it playfully coz if you say it in a serious manner then>>>GAMEOVER<<<
      be playful when you neg and recover it w/ a humor..or show some magic…real magic…cheers

      • The correct response from a neg is laughter – Matador.

    • Diego Pela

      you think come to brazil.
      I have several friends who would pay to go a mystery show.

      Mystery work with neil?


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