Magic Bullets Handbook
"Great 'Technical' Manual for Aspiring Pick Up Artists"
Last Update: October 22, 2019
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The Emotional Progression Model- Mystery Method Extended to More SituationsMagic Bullets represents a nice effort to adapt the original Mystery Method model (M3 Model) developed by Mystery for dating and pick-up and improve on it. The new model has been named Love Systems' Emotional Progression Model, which is the basis for most of the book's content (and also the foundation for all the company's other products and coaching). The emotional progression model is basically the M3 Model extended to make it more comprehensive in the range of tactics and situations it incorporates. Two particular areas where it does this well is in the section on openers, and the section on relationships with women.
This will be a great help for newbies in particular, who will be able to relate it better to experiences they've already had interacting with women. As it describes all the options, the reader can see where approaches or things he has done before may have been inappropriate. This helps to make it easier to implement than the original M3 Model, and also makes it valid to a wider range of students (the original method was more focused around Mystery's specific style, the types of women he liked etc.)
Valuable Additions to the Original Mystery MethodSome of the nice add ons to the original Mystery Method content include material on: Transitioning to relationships, direct vs. indirect game, transitioning from opener to attraction (an additional step to make things smoother), storytelling, kissing, social circle situations and phone game.
Transitioning to relationships: There is a whole section dedicated to the expectations you need to create when you meet, and are starting to date women. I loved some of the practical details that are discussed, such as what to do after you've had sex with a girl that you want to be your girlfriend. This is something that has been missing from dating advice for a long time (which was strange since every guy I know started reading dating advice to get a better girlfriend). Many advice products only take you up to the point of seducing/ having sex with a girl. Assuming that everything is smooth sailing from there on perhaps. However, that has proven to not be the case. There are many guys who have been quite successful at meeting and sleeping with women but terrible at transitioning to a relationship with them.
Storytelling: This section was good and pretty comprehensive, whilst there is nothing really innovative. It's good basic stuff that works.
Kissing: This topic was great because the transition to kissing is often the most feared, and most messed up, aspect of dating that men come across. There were many practical tips here, and it provided a good perspective on kissing that I haven't seen before.
Phone game: Some great solid practical advice in this section. I haven't seen anything else as clear and well presented on the subject.
Easy to Implement?Yes... and No...
I found that this is related to the style - which is extremely detail orientated, verging on the technical side. Some students like this style because it is like having a 'rule book'. However, it also leads to some softer subtleties being missed out because of the detail vs. bigger picture orientation.
To start with the good...
There are some nice practical points in this book. Magic Bullets is one of the few products to acknowledge and emphasize the importance of underlying skills (e.g. humor, improvisation, vocal tonality, conversation skills etc.) to someone's ability to implement the techniques that it teaches. Savoy goes further, to recommend what approaches or techniques someone should use depending on the level they have of these skills. For some areas there were also recommendations on further reading (e.g. humor) and exercises you should practice (e.g. vocal tonality).
Another useful part was the acknowledgment of the issue of 'approach anxiety'. It's fine to provide someone with the knowledge on what to do, but if he isn't capable of implementing because of anxiety, then it falls short. So the 'Tips on Approach Anxiety', was a nice addition - and contained some good practical recommendations to help people avoid or overcome the issue.
Now to the not so good...
Often whilst a skill was identified as necessary, there was no information or recommendations given to develop it (e.g. improvisation, conversation skills). This can leave a reader thinking:
'Oh, I have that problem, great. So what do I do then.... urrhh.. it doesn't seem to say. Damn it, but what do I do then, can I use this method?.'... I exaggerate for full effect :-)
I would've liked to have seen a lot more sections like the one on the 'humor' skillset at the beginning. Savoy provides some recommendations for books that should be read to improve yourself in that area, highlighting its importance. This was great, although the recommendation was based on a poll of their alumni students - if it was their own 'solid' recommendation it would've been better.
Magic Bullets remains a relatively 'elitist' approach to pick up artistry and dating. It has the same weakness as other Mystery Method originated materials.
It can be overwhelming for newbies, and also overkill for the objectives they wish to pursue. If you aren't interested in meeting very attractive girls in bars, then it may not be for you.
Magic Bullets doesn't go very deep into the softer side and subtleties of pick-up and dating in the area of inner game & confidence and the explanation of some techniques in the areas of body language and opening would have been more useful if more detailed.
Straight Talk - Big Thumbs Up for Approaching the Subject ResponsiblyThere are some very irresponsible products out on the dating advice market, which is extremely unfortunate. This isn't one of them. In several places in Magic Bullets, Savoy has written responsibly and maturely about sensitive dating issues and where students could potentially get led astray. This is excellent to help newbies set their heads straight (and also helpful for the long term development of their dating skillset and satisfaction).
These are two of the more important examples:
1. He approaches the subject of escalating physically with women throughout the book. Pointing out behaviors that are unacceptable, and mature and responsible ways to act that are both positive for women and yourselves where it comes to seduction and moving to sex with a woman.
2. A discussion of the types of relationships that will be more fulfilling for your life, and the over-emphasis on multiple-relationships from dating products in general. Quoted from the book:
"Examine your motivations. Don't pursue something just because it feels socially impressive or some 'dating gurus' have said that they live that lifestyle. Most haven't, by the way - that's just marketing propoganda - and those who have are not necessarily people to emulate in this area of their life. Many dating gurus become dating gurus because of low self-esteem. Having multiple girlfriends can feel very validating to men with deep self-esteem issues. Learn from their insights. But dating and relationship management are two different skillsets."
Things to Be Aware ofI got a little weary of the number of plugs for Love Systems, its instructors and their products as I read through Magic Bullets. The book doesn't miss an opportunity to point you to its forums, recommend products or talk up its instructors.
Also be aware that some of the items in the table of contents are light, and don't have much depth in the way of applicable advice. They are introductions into themes, with links to the specific products Love Systems has on these. These include Direct Game, Day Game and Stripper Game.
The Bottom LineThis is a very solid product. Magic Bullets contains a fairly comprehensive look at the whole art of meeting, attracting and dating women. There is no effort to change things so that the product is innovative, which means that the content is solid - and for a newbie, who is motivated to learn how to be able to approach and attract women in any scenario (primarily bars) it can serve as a great 'reference manual'.
On the other hand, if you are a new to dating / pick up advice, this product may also be 'overwhelming' for you given its depth, sophistication and focus on meeting the highest quality women. Starting with an eBook from our beginner's ranking like Make Women Want You is likely to give you better results if this sounds like you. You can always come back to this book when you've learned the basics.
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In it's 2nd edition, "Magic Bullets Handbook" is designed to help men pick-up and date women. It describes the core of their approach, concepts, and techniques.
The manual is a more recent publication that has its origins traced in the original Mystery Method Corporation eBook The Venusian Arts Handbook), which Love Systems formerly published before it changed its company name from Mystery Method to Love Systems. As a result, it is an evolved form of the M3 Model. The M3 model was the approach used by Mystery for pick-up that was popularized by the Mystery Method Corporation.
- Direct Game: The 10 Steps to Score Women Directly, Quickly, and Easily
- Day Game: Meet and Attract Women - Anytime Anywhere
- Strip Club Game: How to date the Most Exotic, Sexy, and Athletic Girls Around
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Table of Contents/ List of Topics Covered:
IV. For VAH/The Mystery Method Readers
Part I: Foundations
- How to Use This Book
- A Simple System You Can Use Tonight
- Female Psychology
Part II: Emotional Progression Model
- Overview of the Model
- Relationships with women
Part III: Context
- Direct Game vs. Indirect Game
- Social Circle Game (Mr. M)
- Day Game (Soul)
- Strip Clubs (Sinn)
Part IV: Skills
- Physical Progression
- Non-verbal Communication
- Fashion & Grooming
- Phone Game
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"Too shallow, likely to give you approach anxiety"
August 08, 2011
Savoy, the author, has a view of pick-up which is kind of like accounting: he can list down all the rules and add up all the numbers. To continue this analogy, I believe pick-up is more like pure mathematics. It's so much more than just adding and subtracting, it's whole field of philosophy and theories.
The book does cover a wide range of topics (e.g. everything from logistics to stripper game). However each of these topics is covered briefly, and without much mention of the overall strategy and philosophy, nor many concrete tactics.
Instead, the overall vibe of the book is that the girl won't like you unless you convince her otherwise with what you say. By putting such a large focus on the words you use this book made my game worse and actually increased my approach anxiety.
Nonetheless, there are a few good tips here and there which I took away from this book. Hence I gave it a 4/10 for effectiveness.
If you are looking for a routines-based book I would recommend "Revelation" by Mystery et al., because it has many of the same teachings (the "what") but also explains the "why" and the "how" much better. However, for a novice I wouldn't recommend either book, instead I would suggest something that covers the fundamental concepts and tactics better, e.g. "Double your Dating".
January 26, 2009
When you feel a certain FEELING you use an adjective, not an adverb. You don't "feel intelligently" or "feel happily," right? So "feeling badly" means you're being uncoordinated. If you're talking about emotions, it's feel BAD. As in, "I feel bad about making this annoying post, but the repeated errors drove me crazy."
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"A Great Investment for a Good Price"
November 01, 2007
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"A Dense Book-- and You'll Benefit from Repeat Readings."
March 23, 2007
It's probably not fair to Savoy that most people are focusing on how this book compares to the VAH, but I'm still going to continue that trend.
As I said above, I consider the VAH to be a work of true genius. It's a singular vision from a unique person. But like most works of genius, it suffers from a lack of perspective, an excess of dogma and is the byproduct of a man with many, many troubles. A particularly fervent adherent to the VAH could certainly come across as sociopathic, misogynistic and callous (not that this is what Mystery intended). As a work of genius, the VAH makes few concessions to political correctness and hurt feelings.
MB, in contrast, seems much more well-adjusted and even paternal at times (e.g. we're reminded to wear condoms). It seems, in part, to have been written in anticipation of criticism from the world outside of PUAs (e.g. making even more clear, in case there was any doubt, that overcoming objections to sex is completely separate from overcoming consent). MB also shows an intellectual flexibility that is refreshing, by discarding some outdated aspects of PU (e.g. particularly clownish peacocking) while still accepting the possibility of other styles of PU.
I'm hardly an expert, but I think MB, on the whole, will encourage a much healthier approach to PU. I recommend it highly as a fantastic overview. But there's still a part of me that finds the unhealthy undertones and f'off attitude in the VAH more... exciting. I won't be surprised if people continue to be inspired by the VAH. But when you're ready to get down to work, I think MB really provides the missing pieces that the VAH, in all its monomaniacal glory, doesn't even contemplate.
"The Best Overall Handbook for the Intermediate PUA"
May 12, 2008
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I recommend you buy it, read it completely once, then practice it every chance you get. After a weekend of trials, I always seem to go back and re-read a chapter that will help improve one particular part of my game.
Magic Bullets is worth the $70. If it wasn't, there is no way Savoy could afford to offer us a money back gaurantee!
"The Ultimate "how to" Guide for Beginners in Pick Up"
September 23, 2009
Not only this, but it has sections for more advanced techniques in game, for instance hired guns. I went to a strip club for the first time last week, and although I have read articles and heard some of my guys talk about stripper game, I got the majority of what I used in there from MB. I facebook closed 2 strippers and am still in contact with them.
Very good book, 5 out of 5 in terms of a pick up guide.
"The Best and the Most Comprehensive Books Written in this Community"
October 03, 2008
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He says that there is not one true method to make the best seduction. He puts six main characteristics that all the pick up artists have in common. he also explains that he's been with the masters for years and played the game very well thanks to mystery method. he confesses he runs the mystery method, which he regards as the gold standard in the community.
on the contrary he claims that what is explained in the book is not totally mystery method. yet it is obviously the mystery method, perhaps a little bit improved or perhaps explained in a simpler daily life language, not much using the complicated jargon instead.
the book is in such a way designed that it goes parallel to the Routines Book. Routines Book actually supports the former one including much more practical activities. Routines Book includes not much theoratical explanation and encourages you to read the Magic Bullets for more detailed theory.
If you read these two books together provided the first read will be Magic Bullets, you can make very well use of these and you can totally change your life. Perhaps inner game is improved better through some other books different than these, yet these two also make you improve your inner game. However, in the forum, it's said to be some other great inner game books existing in the community. But I prefer the products of The Mystery Method Corporation more. At least I prefer first reading the products of The Mystery Method Corporation, then later reading the other products.
The Mystery Method Corporation's products at least their books are the fundamentals.
"One of the best investments I have made in the field of pick up"
December 31, 1899
"For me, it has been the Most Helpful."
September 29, 2007
"THE best pickup/ dating book I have ever read."
March 31, 2009