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Magic Bullets Handbook
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"Great 'Technical' Manual for Aspiring Pick Up Artists"

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The Good
Comprehensive description of pick up artistry, "detail driven", extremely effective with high quality women, gives many clear rules and recommendations to use in situations, can help you fix unnatural dating behaviors you may have developed, integrates most of the good advice from the seduction community. Great value for money.
The Bad
Could be overwhelming for newbies/ beginners and scare them off/ demotivate them, difficult to implement because of sophistication - takes perseverance, a fair bit of talking up Love Systems instructors and products, doesn't address 'softer' side of learning.
The Bottom Line
If you are ambitious in your aspirations of the girls you want in your life, this book gives you solid foundational material and a reference manual to achieve it.

As with other Mystery Method inspired products, some students, in particular newbies to dating advice, may find it overwhelming and as a consequence challenging to implement.


This book is a very comprehensive and detail orientated look at everything from meeting a woman, to attraction, to starting a relationship with her. There is a higher level of detail on techniques and concepts than with the original Venusian Arts Handbook, which was its inspiration. (See this map of the evolution of the Mystery Method to better understand the origins of the advice in this ebook.
The Emotional Progression Model- Mystery Method Extended to More Situations
Magic 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 Method
Some 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 Responsibly
There 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 of
I 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 Line
This 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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Written by stacy
July 28, 2012
is this book applicable for asian girls!especially from the philippines!because am filipino!
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Written by Angel Donovan
September 20, 2012
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September 20, 2012
Hi Stacy,

Yes, most of the skills / techniques in dating stay the same around the world, so it is applicable.

However, asian women, and each nationality do respond differently. This is something we discuss and give tips on with Asian Rake in this Dating Skills Podcast episode: Ep. #19 Dating Asian Women: Attraction, Social and Cultural Differences - with Asian Rake (David) ->
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