The other day in a moment of distraction I went onto YouTube and watched an old video of Mystery and me. I scrolled down to the comments, which I'm sure the authors never expect the subjects of the video to read.
There are, of course, tons of haters bashing all of us. In one clip we're hanging out with Miss Toronto, and they call her a five and say they wouldn't even talk to her. But that's okay. I understand that being chronically single brings a certain level of frustration that can both lead to trying to learn pickup and also to venting on the internet.
There is also a lot of speculation about Project Hollywood, or more accurately, The Game. How much of it was real? How much of it was exaggerated? Since no one who actually lived there has come out and publicly talked about it, I'll quickly run through the common speculations.
First, EVERY event in the book actually took place. Neil didn't make anything up. A few of the things happened in different orders and were swapped around, but this is minor. As far as I can tell, these sorts of swaps were made to make the story flow better, not to change what happened. In other words, causes and effects weren't swapped around.
Most of the characters were dead on. I thought Neil did a great job with everyone with the one exception of Tyler. And even with Tyler, I don't think he actually ascribed any actions to him that he didn't do.
Tyler and Neil were NEVER on great terms. Whatever caused it was there before I knew either of them, so I can't say much about that. At the end of Project Hollywood, from what I understand, there was a lot of bad blood between them. I don't think that Neil intentionally painted Tyler as an evil dude,I think that's just how he felt at the time and it colored his perceptions. The motives and behind the scenes plotting that he assumed Tyler was engaged in just weren't true.
On the other hand, Neil and I were on great terms when I left. As a result, my character is surprisingly positive. TONS was left out of the book. Believe me, if Neil wanted to make me into a bad guy he would have had more than enough ammo to do so. And that probably goes for just about anyone in the book. Interpretations of actions could have varied wildly.
The other thing about the book is that, by necessity, it's a highlight reel. It covers the most tense parts of the year. There were tensions and drama, but there were also a lot of times that the whole house got together to go out to dinner or to the clubs or whatever. Most people got along reasonably well for most of the time.
There's also the issue of the quality of girls that were brought around the house. Was it ALL bikini models? Nope, not at all. Certain people at certain times were more focused on quantity than quality, whether that was just to practice or because they just weren't that picky. At the same time, there WERE a ton of incredibly attractive women there. I'd say that at one point or another every resident of the house was involved with a girl you'd objectively rate as a 9 or 10.
If anyone has any specific questions about the Game or Project Hollywood, ask in the comments and I'll try to answer them all.
I remember a friend of mine reading The Game while we were in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Even though the topic hardly interested me, I was interested. Funny how I found your blog a few weeks ago through a Google search about full-time RV living. All of your posts are incredibly addictive.
Thanks for doing what you do. It is MUCH appreciated.
Alexander (from Alberta, Canada)
Is this discussion still active? I noticed the last post was in Dec of last year.
If so, my question has always been; how good are these techniques for a guy that's already pretty good with women (but not pulling a girl EVERY weekend, and she's not always a 9 or 10 either). What material would you recommend reading?
Do you have a favorite pickup during your time at Pro-Ho? Like that moment with the perfect girl when every aspect of your game just game together, similar to what Neil experienced with the 10 & 11 in Miami?
And have you surpassed it since then?
Personally, I was never a fan of Neil in person or otherwise. I never felt he was genuine; like everything was calculated in some way. That really puts me off about anybody. Then again, that may just be Hollywood. It wouldn't be anything new. I guess that's the reason I moved back to the ATX from there. Where ever you go, there you are, yet still, some places you just prefer.
Btw, I meant to say, thank you for the referral (and you don't even realize it). Maybe one day we can swap Pamplona/travel stories if our paths ever cross. -N
Definitely. Let me know well-enough in advance and we can do a satellite radio show together instead of the podcast. It'll be fun for you to go to SiriusXM and talk to 18.5 million people with us. ;)
hey ty, nice post. i have to say i wish Neil didnt go as hard on tyler and his camp as he did in the book, because the book put me off RSD, until one day i started doing some reading, and now i love RSD, i even went to go to a free seminar done by Tim. RSD all the way wooooo
ps was mystery really as psychotic, as he is decribed in the book, where he cries like a baby, and starts demolishing the house? he doesnt seem like that on TV at all..
This is a continuation of the story, How I Became a Famous Pickup Artist Part 1. If you haven't read that already, you should do so before reading this article.
Papa was notorious for being in contact with everyone in the pickup scene. I couldn't blame him, either - he was the business side of "Real Social Dynamics", a company that taught seminars and workshops to aspiring players. Not surprisingly, he was the only person at the seminar that I knew.
In order to extract every last precious second out of my experience, I had gotten on the earliest flight to Chicago that I could book. I called Papa when I arrived at the hotel at 10am. I could hardly make out his voice. He'd been out in the clubs until very late and was still sleeping.
It's the start of December, people are buying gifts for loved ones, un-loved ones, and mis-loved ones. Holiday music fills the air and the smart readers of this blog need to add a book to their wish list to balance out the Breaking Bad complete series that tops it. Here's my list from most to least favorite, although these are all books I finished reading and all of them were enjoyable.
Neverwhere. Neil Gaiman's 1996 story about an underground London filled with monsters, ghouls, and other creatures was wonderful. It had everything I wanted in a story, including a twist at the end that thrilled, angered, and kept me turning the pages. It was my favorite Gaiman story since American Gods, and it might be even better than that. Gods tends to slow a bit in the middle and doesn't finish with a great bang, but does have a good one. Neverwhere is more like the story that builds and builds and then explodes.
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller. Technically I read this book in December of last year. I didn't mention it on the blog because during this same time of the year our household was battling a gastroenterological pox. The Dog Stars is the story about a disease that wipes out most of human civilization (not to be confused with our pox), except our narrator, a compatriot, and his dog. The trio take residence in an abandoned airport and survive against the sick who are still alive and try to attack. The story is rich and heartwarming, something most of these end of world stories lack.
The Graveyard Book and The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Two more books by Neil Gaiman. I discovered him in late 2012 and spent part of this year reading his back catalog. Graveyard was an early book of his, Ocean the most recent. I enjoyed Graveyard more than Ocean but both had the wonderful mysterious corners and shadows that Gaiman writes so well. Most of all, I enjoyed that when I'm reading Gaiman it feels like walking through a dark room. My arms are stretched in front of me, my eyes are peeled open but can't see a thing, and I'm excited - but blind - to where I'm going. (I wrote a review of Ocean earlier this year.)
One Shot (Jack Reacher #9) by Lee Child. I read this because I thought about watching the movie. The book was good but felt a bit serialized in the characters. There was just enough depth in this book like a pool you can dive into, but not enough richness in the series for me to read more of them.