Hypnotica (Eric Von Sydow)
Hypnotica has developed a reputation as an 'inner game guru', and originally mentored people in the PUA community on confidence and inner game in partnership with his friend Steve Piccus.
Hypnotica was referenced in "The Game" by Neil Strauss as one of the coaches who helped him to improve his Inner Game.
Personal DataCommercial Alias Name: Hypnotica (also Rasputin)
Real Name: Eric Von Sydow
Date of Birth: January 26, 1972 (Age 43)
Profession(s): Hypnotist • Spirituality Teacher • NLP Coach
Affiliated Dating Companies: Hypnotica Inc.
Web PresencesTwitter profile: @Hypnotica144
Facebook profile: Hypnotica144
NLP and hypnotism
Multiple relationships and open relationships
Strip clubs and strippers
Hypnotica Quotes"Men, prequalify your women for what you want and stick to your guns."
"Love is the final frontier, the be-all and end all. You can go on finding new sexual experiences but there is nothing more fulfilling than finding that deep human connection of love."
Personal LifeEric Von Sydow grew up in Mexico and the U.S. in his early years due to his father's work.
From his early 20s Eric's life treaded on the extreme side. He was immediately attracted to drugs, including weed and a variety of psychedelics. This would remain an important influence in his life as often a 'trip' with a new drug would mark a new realization in his life and the start of a new journey or a big change.
Thanks to a friend and through need of money he ended up taking a job as a stripper in a gay strip club to earn money. This was a business with which he would become very familiar although he didn't stay with it long.
Shortly afterwards he became the bodyguard for a group of strippers who worked at events. He would escort them to different types of events where they would perform. Some of these events were bachelor parties, others larger parties. He says of this time that he learned a lot about women as the strippers would confide in him and talk endlessly about guys and their boyfriends while traveling to events.
During this period, In his 20s he had a number of sexual adventures, but nothing really out of the ordinary and no long term relationships.
He began taking a keen interest in NLP (Neurolinguistic programming) at this point and would study everything he could get his hands on. This also became a big influence in his life, as it would drive him on the mission to discover more about himself and expand his awareness.
He met Steve Piccus at this point when they both went for the same book on NLP in a book store. They quickly became friends both having a very keen interest in NP and open minded view towards sexuality and life.
His next career move was to become a bouncer at bars, clubs and eventually a strip club. During this period of his life he started to date and have sex with many women. He took a keen interest in learning the ways of the bars and clubs and women.
From the reconnection with the stripper world, he eventually got sucked into the world of stripping as a stripper himself again - but this time as a male stripper for bachelorette parties. During this period he began seriously expanding his comfort zone as he describes the frenzy women would put themselves in during these parties, and where he'd often end up with one of them.
The next stage of Eric's life brought him to self discovery again as he decided to become homeless, letting go of his possessions, experimenting with Mescaline and staying for a duration at a yoga and meditation retreat. It was a time of deep reflection and less sexual adventures.
Eric got to a point where he wanted to return to life, feeling he had done what he needed to do internally. The next steps he took ended up with him bouncing at a strip club, a club that he would later come to own and run himself. This would expand his sexuality more as he became accustomed to working closely with strippers day in and day out and managing them.
It was at this point his dating advice career began to grow as he became increasingly involved in the seduction community and began to build a reputation and doing seminars and some products.
In 2012 Eric married Sarah with whom he has a close and relationship that is also open.
Dating Advice CareerHypnotica was one of the earliest members of the seduction community, and indeed was one of the first people Neil Strauss came across on his own journey.
In "The Game" Neil Strauss relates how Rasputin (the alias Neil gave Eric in the book) helped him fix his inner game and enabled him to become confident.
This led them to be brought on to seminars at David DeAngelo's events and at Project Hollywood where Mystery and Neil Strauss held Mystery Method seminars. These events introduced them and their inner game focus to the community and built their reputation.
Neither Hypnotica or Steve Piccus began focusing on this area of their lives at this time however. The remained mostly on the sidelines working on their own NLP, hypnosis, tantric sex and other life projects.
From the year 2007 they both began getting more involved in the seduction community through various partnerships with other coaches. Hypnotica worked with Mehow revealing his bar game in filmed infield videos. He also partnered up with an internet marketer Steve Hitchens running the company "Strategic Dating Coach". Some of Hypnotica's first video and audio products are still sold through Strategic Dating Coach as a result.
From 2011 Hypnotica began to create his own products and work on his own via personal coaching services and courses focused on mastering and improving inner game and confidence. He grown to become known as "The Inner Game Guru" within the seduction community.
Books, Courses and Coaching by Hypnotica (Eric Von Sydow)
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