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Pick Up Artists to Descend on Dupont this Weekend

In last week's issue, we presented all kinds of options for Washington City Paper readers in search of classes to take, be they in the realms of arts and crafts, nutrition and fitness, or sex and dating. Turns out we missed one in the sex and dating category. This weekend, Adam Lyons, "America's Number One Pick Up Artist" (yes, there are rankings), as determined at the 2010 PUA Summit in Hollywood, will be in town teaching his secrets. Lyons will teach up to 15 men "how to get more game (and more women) in three days than most guys get in three lifetimes" at a three-day bootcamp starting Friday.

At $1,300 a head, the course isn't cheap. But Lyons says men get their money's worth. “We boast a 100 percent success rate of phone numbers on the first day," he says. "We had a small session in Toronto last weekend with six guys. Five of them got make-outs, three guys brought girls home, one guy brought four girls home and was pushing for a fivesome.”

By the end of those three days, one of those Torontonians had had sex—and, no surprise, it wasn't the fivesome guy. Who was actually an unusual case, Lyons adds.

“I think that there’s a misconception between a pick up artist and a player," he says. "It’s true that a pick up artist can become a player, and that a player can become a pick up artist. But most of these men I teach just want to meet someone. When we ask guys why they’re in the class, the number one reason we hear is, ‘I don’t want to die alone.’”

Lyons is married, so he won't be getting any action other than from his wife, Amanda—whom he sometimes brings along to demonstrate on. "One of the guys last weekend was in his 20s and had never made out with someone," Lyons says. "My wife was there, and while he was with his girl at the bar, I was guiding him by making out with my wife."

You'd think being married might cramp a pick up artist's style (and reputation), but Lyons says it's just the opposite. “I was always worried that it would affect me negatively, but I think being married gives me credibility," he says. "I’ve played around and I’ve got the evidence. I think I was the first [pick up artist] to say, ‘You know what, I don’t want a lot of chicks, I want to get married. I want to have kids.’” And then the next year I was named the number one pick up artist.”

So being married contributed to that distinction?

"Oh yeah, massively."

At this weekend's bootcamp, Lyons will mix seminars conducted in a conference room at a Dupont Circle hotel with trips to nearby bars and coffee shops.

If you're a female and happen to be in the neighborhood this weekend and find yourself the prey of some of the class members, remember this: The guys may not have game (yet), but they can afford the $1,300 tuition.

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  • Mrs. D

    Oh crap, I have plans in Dupont this weekend...with a large group of women in their 20's. Please don't end up at our location, please don't end up at our location...

  • sup?

    Looks like Beppo De Beppo will be packed this weekend.

  • yup yup

    "...while he was with his girl at the bar, I was guiding him by making out with my wife."


  • MJ

    @yup yup :

    I'm with you on that one. The entire concept of this "bootcamp" makes me shudder.

  • BS76

    If you've ever had to give a speech in front of a large crowd, that anxiety you feel, that's what men feel when they see a woman they're attracted to and want to talk to her. Pickup artists, dating coaches, or whatever you want to call them, all they're doing is giving men the tools to mitigate that anxiety so they can get their foot in the door and allow the women to judge them for who they truly are and not the exterior aspects exposed to the world day in and day out. The ultimate goal is for two people to connect openly and honestly. Quite frankly if women stopped turning men down based on what they see instead of after getting to know the guy, none of this would be necessary. Remember ladies, when a guy approaches you and you reject him, well, you're just rejecting his approach because you don't actually know the man! Giving men the skills to approach in an effective manner is just so they can get their foot in the door. Only then can they can actually show you who they really are, and that's what it's all about.