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Top 5 Dating Coaches of 2006


posted by Donovan at 9:47 AM

It's been a very controversial voting but I have calculated your votes (there was 1100+), I have researched the Top 5 most popular, and here are the...

Top Dating Coaches of 2006

The Results

1. Juggler
2. Neil Strauss
3. David Deangelo
4. Stephen Nash
5. Mystery

Top Dating Coaches Pie Chart

Juggler's natural game, and Seduction School pilot helped him seal the deal this year.

Juggler (Wayne Elise)

Wayne Elise

Wayne Elise is an old-timer within the seduction community. He was the first to start teaching infield workshops back in 1999(?). His game is most based on natural, comfort building conversations. His Seduction School pilot in the UK topped ratings, and helped his business explode.

Learn more about Wayne Elise with his brief profile on my site here.

2. Neil Strauss

Neil Strauss

Neil Strauss helped the community reach popularity in October of 2005 with the book "The Game". His techniques mirror Mystery's and he was a leader in the community for several years. In mid-2006, he released the Annihilation Method, a DVD collection of his own teachings.

Read my interview with Neil Strauss here.

3. David Deangelo

David Deangelo

David Deangelo is one of the longest running "community" dating coaches around. His techniques have earned him the praise of thousands, and his masculine identity products help guys overcome their "wussyness".

Learn more about David Deangelo with a brief profile on my site here.

4. Stephen Nash (PlayboyLA)

Stephen Nash was a resident of Project Hollywood, and former RSD instructor. He left the "game" several years ago - accomplishing all that the community could offer him. After leaving the game, he formed Cutting Edge Image Consulting. Stephen takes the best parts of "pickup" and teaches men how to develop a strong identity, charismatic social skills, and most importantly an attractive and fulfilling lifestyle, which he ultimately believes leads to much higher success than "pickup" could ever offer. (On a side-note, I took one-on-one coaching from Stephen, and it was a life changing session)

Read my interview with Stephen Nash on my blog here, or visit his new website here.

5. Mystery

Eric von Markovich

Mystery is probably one of the world's leading pickup artists. This year was fairly uneventful for him as a dating coach, however the Mystery Method has been more widely adopted than ever before. His terms are now standard. With his separation from the Mystery Method company, this year will probably see Eric more in the community spotlight with new innovations.

Read more about the Mystery Method here.

That's it for this year! It promises to be excellent!

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Anonymous Cobra said...


Well done. I like that you actually let the "public" decide, and did not base your ranking on your personal business, friendship and other interests ;-)

Regarding your comment about Mystery, is this official? Obviously there were rumours, but I haven't seen this confirmed anywhere else.


5:05 PM, January 07, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Who is the top-ranked coach in Chicago?

8:01 PM, January 07, 2007  
Blogger Donovan said...

I had lunch with Dr Paul in Chicago, he is on another level from alot of dating coaches out there. PhD, so he knows what he's doing.

8:03 PM, January 07, 2007  
Anonymous Sting said...

Mystery's seperation from the Mystery Method company???

not to turn this into too much of a gossip spot - but i'd like to hear more on that. stating with "how is that possible?"


6:18 AM, January 08, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Juggler? The reason you guys like Juggler is because he makes seduction sound easy in is elementary book. Wait, maybe he wrote two elementary books. Pathetic. The guy NEVER SARGES, and he's not a bad looking guy. I've never heard Juggler tell a story about getting laid, or actually picking a woman up to the full close. He's just this guy that fell into this business because of Neil Strauss. Now he is capitalizing on this by charging way to much money teaching people almost nothing in his seminars that are not even taught by him, but pathetic guys that already get women without any methods. It's just so sad to see what the community has become. It was was better when Mystery was out in the clubs everynight, and Ross was still working the streets. Those guys are REAL PUA's. Dedicated people who put ALOT of effort into the community. Jugger is a IMITATION of these people, who doesn't even sarge. A fake out to take your money. I would be a amazing PUA as well if I made $30,000 a week off of a bunch of desperate men looking for some form of hope. Wise up guys. Do anything. Heck, move to Asia, but don't waste your money on Juggler seminars.

9:52 AM, January 08, 2007  
Blogger Evan said...

You guys,
If you haven't taken a workshop from SOMEONE you admire, do it! It's worth it.

From a female perspective, a genuine love and excitement for women combined with some pickup skill is the hottest thing ever. Even though I prefer women, I will always give a really good PUA a chance simply because they're so in tune with the things I need on a psychological level. It's hot!

PS- Charisma Arts is a great company. Their more conversation based method is great because it allows you to immediately screen for truly smart, cool girls. But that's just my opinion.

11:17 AM, January 08, 2007  
Blogger Donovan said...

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11:52 AM, January 08, 2007  
Blogger Donovan said...

I agree in some of what you say. Although Wayne doesn't charge as much as he possibly COULD for workshops. They're only $1600, and I've heard great reviews from people that have attended.

Simplicity is not necessarily a bad thing though guys.

Just because someone goes home to a girlfriend doesn't make them any less good at what they do. Hey, some of the greatest pickup artists actually have solid girlfriends. That's why this is "Dating Coach" not "Pickup Artists".

On his girlfriend: If she looks anything like the Charisma Arts former General Manager, Christian's girlfriend (look for his interview on the left side bar), Juggler's sleeping well. This girl was a 10 easily, with loads of personality and outlook.

Cobra & Sting:

Yes, it's not going to be on PRWeb, but it's official in my books. Separation happened, and I don't want to print here of why this happened. I could be get in trouble for libel, even though it's 98% true, blame could be on Mystery, but I haven't heard his story.

11:55 AM, January 08, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wait a minute, is that a picture of David D or Jimmy Kimmel?

12:02 PM, January 08, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The seperation of MM

2:59 PM, January 08, 2007  
Anonymous horse theif said...

Hello Gentlemen,
I'll give you the abridged version of me. I'm from Alberta, Canada and have read Style's extraordinary book.
I have to regretfully inform many of the masters that there is little difference between any Pick-up methods - and that these methods (some of which are flawed and manipuative) closely parallel the training of animals.

I don't know if I'm the first to say this. But please let me explain.

Now I do agree that these methods have liberated some men from a life of fear of the opposite sex, having a theraputic effect and enriching the lives of many AFC's. Yet they have a striking resemblance to the very steps taken to gain the trust of a . . . HORSE!!! Now, I am not condoning mating a creature of the equine variety. I'd rather pick up women, but equestrians have been using these same techniques for decades, some of which date back as far as the first century. I see that this 'secret' society of PUA's also use similar techniques to lure women into trust.

For example, the Push-Pull technique is identical to a method used by horse trainers to spark the interest of a horse and create an environment wherein the horse feels safe, unthreatened by the human/predator.

I urge you not only to take my word for it but to research this topic for yourself. These techniques are used in therapeutic situations to help people heal themselves. Used in the wrong context, they could have harmful effects on the subjects these are used on as well as those that use them.

9:36 PM, January 08, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am pretty surprised at the level of animosity towards Juggler for having topped this poll. It seems like he brings a different flavor to the community. His method seems much more relaxed than the others, and he doesn't proclaim that you need to change to get good with women, in fact you can even be "nice" (gasp)!

However, I also think that his method is a lot more difficult to master than it initially seems. And I also think it better suits a certain type of personality.

Nonetheless, the high level of negativity is still disturbing. I wish more people would post intelligent things about why they think one coach is better than the other rather than just rip on people. In his own right, Juggler is still what we would probably all consider a "pioneer" in this little community, and you at least have to give credit where credit is due.

8:06 PM, January 09, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Juggler a pioneer? That is funny. Ross Jeffries a pioneer. I think so. Mystery a pioneer. Of course. Juggler? Like him or not he's not a pioneer. He made some simple changes to what was ALREADY discovered. Then he acted cool, got really lucky in THE GAME, and cashed in.

5:32 PM, January 10, 2007  
Anonymous Sting said...

the day the winner of anything doesn't get negativity thrown at him, you'll know you've entered the Twilight Zone.
the fact that Juggler won the vote shows that there's more popularity than negativity in how he's seen.

i'm happy to vouch for the guy's stuff - its not rocket science. friendly, strong guy who can talk about anything and everything and make it engaging and fun.
i don't know how well he can teach it, but his warm, good guy attitude comes through in his posts and speaking engagements. that's power of influence, thats being a teacher. this is different from say, Mystery or TD, who have good things to say and can make it sound like they're talking about how to put together a kitchen cabinet. they're analytical, Juggler's more human.
which teaching style works better, IMO, depends on the student.


12:11 AM, January 11, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The guys who are running Mystery Method without Mystery are crazy.

They may legally own the name and website, but they will never be as well-known as Mystery, one of the original innovators in the game.

It's a testament to Mystery that they can even try to make money off the shadow of his name and his method.

8:33 AM, January 11, 2007  

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