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Fearless First Impressions DVD


posted by Donovan at 8:42 PM

Lance Mason over at Pickup101 stopped producing Fearless First Impressions, it's about the first 3 minutes with a woman, breaks down body language, what to say, and how to interact with a group. Over 4 or 5 DVDs.

About 3 months ago they ran out of stock, and stopped producing it. Alot of guys emailed me and asked me if they were going to produce more. I told them NO. Mostly because Lance told me that they had finished and were releasing a newer product on the market that would cover the basics but not as indepth as perhaps FFI would be.

So they stopped.

Then I get an email that said they still had a limited amount of DVD sets for FFI. Because its Lance's special super duper birthday sale, they decided to sell the reserve stockpile of them. I'm letting you guys know, if you want a copy of FFI, then you need to get over to Lance's special birthday sale page RIGHT NOW. They only have a few more left.

Not only do they have a few copies of it, it's actually marked down in price. The sale ends in a few days time. FFI will then be gone.

Get it while its hot, FFI wont last.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pickup 101 loses credibility with these promotions. When FFI first came out, there was all this marketing hype to get it NOW because it will NEVER be released again. Only a limited number were produced. Then a few months later, they "uncovered" some in "their warehouse". Again, we were urged to get these last few copies or else! Since then there has been several other weak marketing strategies to sell this set, like "Lance's girlfriend snuck on his computer and is offering the set until midnight, etc.

For a company that tries SO HARD to portray itself as honest, and "not like all the other seduction companies...", it certainly lacks a WHOLE lot as far as integrity and marketing skills.

10:36 AM, October 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suppose that the idea is to generate an impression of scarcity, thereby drumming up greater interest in and demand for the product. This is explained in the Psychology of Influence book. I'm sure the product itself is good. I purchased their audio CDs, and I found them to be very informative. However, I find that it is unnecessary to use this marketing/sales tactic to generate demand for the product. They should let the merit of the product stand for itself, and use the traditional 4 P's of marketing to generate sales. Will someone send Pickup 101 a DVD writer?

8:46 AM, October 22, 2006  
Blogger Donovan said...

You guys are both CORRECT. They don't need to use the tactics to generate demand, they're a business. Get used to the idea that the seduction community is a BUSINESS now. It has progressed from a little niche into a fledging economy.

Also, the case isn't whether they CAN produce more, it's if they WANT to. Like I said in the post above, they're releasing additional products that would trump FFI, hence no need to produce more.

Yeah, marketing is annoying, but theres always an OPT OUT.

11:04 AM, October 22, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not all "marketing is annoying". Just marketing that insults the intelligence of its target audience with "Get it now or else" strategies that turn out to be false.

I am not faulting their products or the fact they are a business. Just their particular marketing techniques, that are not limited to this one example.

12:07 PM, October 22, 2006  
Blogger Donovan said...

I agree, although I don't agree with it insulting your intelligence. Obviously it didn't do anything to your intelligence because you knew it wasn't going to be the last time, right? :)

By the way, the sale ends in 4 hours. So if you do want those products at 20-50% now is the time.

5:15 PM, October 22, 2006  

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Breaking News: PUA Piece on Dr. Phil


posted by Donovan at 5:17 PM

See the Mystery Method Dr Phil episode (2008.04.11) and read the commentary over at the new blog.

Got this email from Neil Strauss today.

First of all, I wanted to thank and congratulate you all for the massive success of the Bookmission. I'm really psyched to come out of my writing cave and give this rare seminar and meet some of you.

Secondly, I wanted to share some thoughts on an experience I had this week.

I received a call from two producers on the Dr. Phil show. They wanted me to come on and discuss The Game and the community with Dr. Phil.

However, the more I talked to them, the more it seemed like a set-up. So I declined. Instead, they got two of the people in The Game to participate.

And they did a few sneaky things, according to those who were on the show:

1. They filmed some guys sarging, but planted women with secret cameras in the club.

2. They didn't tell one of the PUAs that another guru was going to be on the show, then they encouraged the guru to be adversarial. The result was a PUA slugfest that sounded like a bad day at Project Hollywood.

3. They brought out a woman at the end of the show who'd been hurt by a man who was NOT in the community to confront these guys.

The working title of the segment: WOMEN, BEWARE!

This information just broke my heart. It really infuriates me.

When I wrote The Game and went on to do the press, I told myself that I would neither DEFEND nor ATTACK the seduction community. I'd simply present the truth as it was, the good and the bad.

However, the more interviews I did, the more I realized I was going to have to defend something: The right of guys to learn this.

Anyone who's ever seen the front page of Cosmopolitan or Sex in the City knows that self-help, sexual improvement, dating advice, and attraction skills is an accepted rite of passage for women.

There is no equivalent for men: We are simply shown images of women we are supposed to desire in the pages of Maxim and Playboy, then not told what to do about it.

People get tutored for everything else in life. If you can't do math, you get a tutor. Sex in the City was women getting tutored in what to do with different types of men. I think the coolest thing someone could do is recognize their weakness and work to improve it.

When guys ask me questions, it's usually not about what to do to trick a woman into bed -- it's about how to get over heart- break, whether Alexander Technique will improve their posture, whether improv classes will make them more spontaneous, what to do about "this one special girl," how to dress, and so on.

Though some of the "gurus" may have their issues, 99.9 percent of the guys I met learning this are the NICE GUYS. They are the guys women always say they are looking for, yet at the same time are never attracted to.

Usually, the true assholes, jerks, and misogynists are too cocky and arrogant to even consider that they might need to "learn" how to interact with women.

So anyone who's going to get on a bully pulpit and demonize men for trying to improve themselves is not a friend of mine.

And any pundit who's going to criticize men for manipulation when that's exactly what their show producers regularly do to their guests is not a friend of mine.

The community may have its problems -- especially for those who get sucked too deeply into it, as I did -- but there's nothing wrong with learning social skills, if you're learning from the RIGHT teachers.

The real victims in my experience were not women. The victims I witnessed, the people I saw hurt by the game, were only men. Because the game is a forking path: there's a light side and a dark side, and some get lost in the dark side and lose themselves -- in addition to creeping out the very women they're trying to attract.

As a writer, I understand the temptation members of the media feel to create an obvious sensationalism piece. But it's far better to do the research and find the REALITY of a situation -- and it makes a better story. Because the reality is often never obvious. Sometimes it's the last thing you'd ever expect. That's what most of my books are about.

I realize this email is sort of a rant, and perhaps I'm even preaching to the converted, but I had to get it off my chest. There are some 35,000 of you on this list. Some of you are in positions of influence or respect -- whether on campus, in the media, at home, at work, or in a community.

Let's do our best to counter small-mindedness and social pressure designed to hold US back because of someone ELSE'S fear wherever we hear it. Whether it's about learning the game, a personal attack against you, or something else you care about, don't take the bait and get defensive. All you have to do is speak the truth. It's the best weapon you have, and so sharp that no one can ever bend it if you wield it properly -- without fear or insecurity.

And that's one to grow on,


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posted by Donovan at 5:17 PM Dating Advice for Men


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Mainstream day-time talk is once again going out of it's way to encourage the stereotype that women are weak and easily taken advantage of.

"Women, Beware!"

Yes, women. Beware of the mind control society blankets your half of the human race with.

Great post. Now I loathe Dr. Pheeyill even more.

I love the smell of bullshit in the morning.

10:04 PM, October 19, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

when does the episode air?

1:05 AM, October 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Women, Beware!"
Beware into your instinct of having a good time with a great guy whose got his act together?! I used to like Dr.Phil though I haven't seen much of his show. His talk of facing responsibilty and coming to grips with reality seemed like fodder for the aspiring AFC. I can understand ur disappointment Neil ... we guys should wait for that episode to air and protest on his website. Things regress when such nonsense taken seriously and staged nonsense at that - w0lfgang

7:52 AM, October 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil, you should have done the show. You would have taken them apart.

Never forget that that Dr. Phil got his start on Oprah. They are two sides of the same coin. They share an audience of women who need to believe in their own weakness so they can avoid facing and using their own strength. And who wants women like that?

Dr. Phil = Spawn of Oprah. He can safely be ignored.

Game on,


8:17 AM, October 23, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil, thank you for the post.

2:25 PM, October 23, 2006  
Blogger Tone said...

This is typical.

Self help guru's like oprah & dr phil are still in business because women & men are looking outside themselves for guidance.

I wonder what would happen if they presented shows that focussed on positive, motivating & empowering women, to feel safe, comfortable, and relaxed around men?

God forbid ;)


7:57 PM, October 26, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Phil is a man-hating little bitch.

Thundercat, did you take this note by dictation as you were sucking Style's cock?.... just a question.

11:38 AM, January 25, 2007  
Blogger Morphes said...

Does anyone know when this airs?

I wonder how much the ratings will jump if every pua watched it :-p

7:18 PM, April 01, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess it hasn't aired yet?

I would like to see it.

Dare them to air it.

3:06 PM, April 22, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recieved this mail today???!!!
Does Style send old material out in his newsletter?
can't find anything about the show on drphil's website neither... :(

2:46 PM, November 14, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I find very interesting is that this just only Aired on TV 2 days ago 4-11-2008, and this thread started back in 2006. Which to my understanding could mean many things such as deception from the people that took there time before putting it on TV (The Dr. Phil show).

8:51 PM, April 13, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah...while looking for the episode online I found this YouTube post by Ross Jeffries...he says the show was taped over a 1.5 years ago, which makes November 2006 about right.

8:50 AM, April 17, 2008  

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Seduction Podcast Reviews

posted by Donovan at 12:10 PM

Here are links to the TWO best podcasts within the seduction community.

Why do you need podcasts?

Well, for one they're 100% FREE.

Two, they have the tonality and voice of a pickup artist. (Invaluable too see how they speak, and structure their wording/sentences)

Three, world-class advice. Some of these guys have been in the community since the beginning back in 1998 or so.

Four, convenient. Just download through iTunes and get instant updates.

The first one is Stephen Nash (PlayboyLA), (read his interview with me here).

Stephen is the dating guru based in New York City, he was one of the members of Project Hollywood (The Game). I met him while I was in New York, I actually took a personal consultation from him. He took my game to another level, from pickup to confidence and being 100% natural. He gave me a fashion consultation which dramatically increased women's comments and attraction towards me (crazy but true).

Stephen is posts weekly podcasts and he gives straight forward practical advice. His latest podcast is on personal STYLE and how that effects your game, and how you can project a masculine, dominant and "cool" vibe.

Check out his podcast on his MEDIA page here.

The second podcast that I highly recommend is the co-host of Seduction School, Juggler aka Wayne Elise. (Charisma Arts)

His advice is to be natural and genuine by expressing your personality in the most attractive way possible.

Juggler's advice is brilliant by simplicity and it meshes like Nash's into all other pickup methodologies. His advice is congruent, and I love listening to his coaches about kino, flirting, storytelling and SOIing. They have quite alot of audio content on the podcast so go to Juggler's website Charisma Arts and subscribe to it.

Let me know what you think!

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Anonymous Rory said...

Thanks for those. I'm always looking for new podcasts and new attraction material. I'm glad to see that one of the podcasts is by Juggler; I really liked his style in the Channel 4 show he did.

7:29 PM, October 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have to plug Pickup Podcast with AJ & Jordon as well, at It's newer than the date of this post, which must be the reason it wasn't included here. Hands down the best podcast in the community.

1:24 PM, August 19, 2007  

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Lance Mason's Birthday


posted by Donovan at 4:33 PM

Lance Mason, Pickup 101 founder is celebrating his birthday. Congratulations Lance. Hopefully this upcoming year will trump lasts.

I met Lance while he was teaching an Art of Attraction workshop while I was working in New York City this Summer. This guy really is genuinely interested in seeing guys succeed. I'm pretty sure he's a millionaire dotcommer that's taken a pay cut just to help guys. Don't quote me, but how else can he get away with such LOW LOW prices?! lol

He's got a special birthday sale right now on ALL his products (including workshops). Take a look at this special webpage, and see if anything tickles you fancy!

Talk soon mate,

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Donovan,

Have you seen this?

A Man Walks Out of a Bar

Can notorious pickup artist Neil Strauss really leave the game behind?
By Jada Yuan

Illustration: Courtesy of Regan Books

Is Neil Strauss going to mack on me or what? It’s been a little over a year since Jenna Jameson’s Boswell published his own best-selling memoir/bible of seduction, The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists, which chronicles the two years Strauss spent becoming someone else—specifically, Style, the de facto leader of an underground community of nerdy guys intent on becoming international players. The book was a self-help juggernaut, propelled in part by its distinctly un-p.c. approach to the art of meeting women (one tip: Insult the object of your desire, but gently, a technique known as the “neg”). Men, from all points along the self-esteem continuum, went nuts for it. But now Strauss seems rather weary of being the Dr. Phil of cruising. By the end of his book tour for The Game, he says, the audience had transformed from 23-year-old virgins asking how to make their first pass at a girl to, “like, big college-football jocks saying, ‘This book changed my life. I can meet all these women now!’ And I’m thinking, I got into this community because you were getting all the girls! This book isn’t for you!”

5:38 AM, October 19, 2006  
Blogger Donovan said...

Kinda cool!

12:02 PM, October 19, 2006  

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