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Sunday, January 25, 2004

What's a P.U.A.?

P.U.A. is short for Pickup Artist. The NY Times profiles professional PUA's who are teaching men how to meet, attract and seduce women.

The principle PUA profiled by the NY Times is simply called Mystery and he trains men in the "Mystery Method". His workshops are run in bars, lounges and clubs. Men travel from around the world and spend $1000's to fly as wingmen with Mystery as he teaches them the art of seducing women. The NY Times article describes now Mystery went into a club on Sunset Strip in Hollywood and took actor Scott Baio's beautiful girlfriend away from him. "Tell me this is not an illusion," Mr. Baio said at one point, "and he's not actually stealing my girlfriend." Mystery walked away 10 minutes latter with the women's phone number. Of course Mystery has a web site and they make this claim:

Every person involved with this website has the ability to approach any woman in any situation, and have her fully attracted within minutes. We have the strongest understanding of female psychology and social dynamics in the world.

We demonstrate this in real life. This is neither theory nor generalized information. What you will learn if you choose to involve yourself in these programs is a direct understanding and game plan of how to attract any woman that you want, in any situation imaginable. This is direct instruction of exactly how to do it. The people instructing this will demonstrate it through real life situations.

RealSocialDynamics [Mystery's Web Site]
Interview with Mystery - Link
(provided as a public service announcement to all our A.F.C. - "Average Frustrated Chump" readers)

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