25 World’s Greatest Pick Up Artists

by Matt Savage

So you’ve been hearing a lot about pick up artists and the seduction community lately, but have no idea who these people are. Here I present to you, in no particular order, the world’s best pick up artists.

Brad P

pua.jpgBrad P has risen to the top of the seduction food chain in the last several years and is consistently ranked #1 pick-up artist in the world. I’ve been following Brads stuff for quite awhile, ever since the early days of the mASF message board. His approach to seduction is unique, as it doesn’t rely on any magic bullets or wishful thinking, his teaching focuses on learning core principles slowly over the long term, implementing each aspect of his seduction process on a monthly level, over the course of a year so that by the time you are finished, everything about seducing women is so well ingrained that it is now a congruent part of your lifestyle. Click Here to check out Brad’s seduction strategy.

Mystery (Erik Von Markovich)

Mystery Erik Von Markovich Pick Up ArtistThe star of VH1′s new reality show, The Pick Up Artist, Mystery is a long time member of the seduction community and is known for his systematic method for picking up women. Mystery came onto the scene in direct opposition to the Speed Seduction hypnosis style of game that was popular at the time. He developed an indirect style where the pickup artist would move from various stages of attraction, comfort and seduction called The Mystery Method. This method became the basis for many of today’s seduction models and has been used by Mystery to train many of today’s best pick-up artists.

David DeAngelo (Eben Pagan)

David DeAngelo Eben PaganDeAngelo aslo known as Eben Pagan has been around since the beginning of the seduction community and was one of the first to start offering seminars.  DeAngelo’s concept of Cocky and Funny has been a basic principle in seduction since the start and combined with his marketing skills, he is largely credited with kick starting the modern seduction industry.

Style (Neil Strauss)

Style Neil Strauss Pick Up ArtistHailed as the king of the un-naturals. Neil Strauss catapulted to the top of the seduction community after the release of his best selling book The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists. In the book, Strauss chronicles his journey from an average frustrated chump to one of the world’s best pick-up artists. Though Style was mainly a student of Mystery he became skilled at learning and combining the methods of many of the top seducers, essentially becoming the Bruce Lee of seduction.

Dave M.

pua.jpgThe owner of the Insider Internet Dating system, Dave M’s specialty is seducing women over internet dating sites. Through years of experimentation; trial and error; and hundreds of dates achieved through sites like Match.com, OkCupid, PlentyofFish and even Facebook. Dave has become an expert in this niche area of online seduction.

Tyler Durden

Tyler Durden Pick Up ArtistA main character and also controversial figure in The Game, Tyler Durden became renown for his analytic breakdown of seduction in his posts on popular seduction message boards. After a falling out with Mystery and Style, Tyler Durden went on to found his own company Real Social Dynamics. Now Tyler and his crew have evolved from the old ways of Mystery’s teachings and to a new natural transformation style of teaching and seduction.


Gambler Pick Up ArtistThe head of the leading European seduction company, PUA Training, Gambler’s reputation as a top pick-up artist has been growing by leaps and bounds. Like Style, he has trained with many of the world’s best seducers to become well versed in all areas of pickup. He uses tried and true seduction fundamentals as the basis of his teachings yet supplements them with new cutting edge techniques resulting in a powerful system of attracting beautiful women.


Matador Pick Up ArtistKnown as Mystery’s wingman on VH1′s The Pick Up Artist, Matador has a cocky yet suave style of seduction, known for quickly swooping under the radar to seduce beautiful women while simultaneously having Mystery’s back.

Juggler (Wayne Elise)

Juggler Wayne Elise Pick Up ArtistJuggler, originally a comedian is one of the community’s top proponents of direct natural game. He has amassed a large following and coached many great pick-up artists such as Johnny Savior, SocialHitchhiker, and Dimitri using his easy going charismatic style of seduction. He has also been featured in the UK’s reality show Seduction School which aired in 2006 and runs his own company called Charisma Arts.

Gunwitch (Allen Reyes)

pua.jpgKnown for his deadly direct style of game, Gunwitch came into the community with a completely different style of seduction which didn’t use routines, hypnosis, or any other type of indirect pickup. Gunwitch Method is simple at it’s core, utilizing the pick-up artist’s own “sexual state” to induce the desire for sex in the women you’re trying to attract. The method, though simple is not for the faint of heart and usually involves a little more rejection than most pickup artists are used to, however, used correctly can be an extremely powerful tool in any seducer’s arsenal.

Ross Jeffries

Ross Jeffries Speed SeductionThe supposed inspiration for the character Frank T.J. Mackey in the movie Magnolia, Ross Jeffries is the founder of Speed Seduction. Jeffries uses a hypnosis type of strategy to seduce women. Using techniques such as Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), he can not only change his own state of seduction but his target’s as well.


pua.jpgNot to be confused with Sin from The Game, Sinn is a former top coach for Love Systems and has since branched off to coach for himself; evolving to a more advanced natural style of seduction. Sinn has been known to be confrontational in terms of calling out the abilities of other pick up artists and is currently at an all out war with Neil Strauss. And though he is not afraid to be frank about his opinions, Sinn consistently offers up some of the best advice and insights into seduction at his blog: Sinns of Attraction.


Mehow Pick Up ArtistA relative newcomer to the seduction community, Mehow has quickly risen to the ranks of the top pick-up artists in the last few years. A student of Mystery’s, Mehow has been refining his own unique style of seduction. He is also known for his amazing hidden camera pick-up videos that are now spreading throughout the Internet.

Vincent DiCarlo

Vincent DiCarlo Pick Up ArtistOwner of Dicarlo DiClassified, Vin’s known area of specialty is in kino (kinesthetics). His focus is to seduce women through the power of touch. Through DiCarlo’s years of experience in attracting and seducing women he has developed a comprehensive system of attraction called the DiCarlo Escalation Ladder in which he uses kino in a series of steps to unlock a woman’s attraction switches.

Lance Mason

Lance Mason Pick Up ArtistFounder of Pickup 101, one of the top dating coach companies in the country, Lance and Pickup 101 focus on natural and inner game. Mason and his crew are big believers in transforming the overall individual into leading an attractive life. They are also one of the few pick-up companies that specialize in day game seduction.

David Wygant

David Wygant Pick Up ArtistThough he doesn’t believe in “picking up women” Wygant is a big proponent of natural game. His focus is teaching men that in order to succeed with women that they need to lead interesting lives, become interesting people and be friendly with everyone. Wygant believes in always living in the moment and enjoying life because in the end it’s all about being happy.

Asian Playboy

pua.jpgA former student of Mystery’s and recently voted the world’s best Asian pick-up artist, Asian Playboy has developed his own method called the ABC’s of attraction. His focus is on dispelling the limiting beliefs of attraction in Asians and coaches many minorities on how to seduce beautiful women. His most recent research involves the concept of beginner’s hell.

David Shade

pua.jpgDavid Shade’s focus isn’t so much on how to pick-up women but on how to please them in the bedroom. His concept of seduction is to simply be amazing in bed, give women many orgasms and turn yourself into a sex god. The concept is simple, keep the women happy in bed and you’ll never be alone again.

Zan Perrion

Zan Perrion Pick Up ArtistAnother proponent of natural game and leading an attractive lifestyle is Zan. Charming, elegant and romantic, Zan subscribes to the notion that all women are beautiful. His thoughts on the community is that there is too much emphasis on the “us” vs “them” mentality. He’d much rather have men focus on natural state and becoming a man who loves women, because, “a man who likes women is liked by women.” Visit Enlightened Seduction

Cory Skyy

pua.jpgA newcomer to the seduction community, Cory’s focus is on seductive eye contact. His company, Bad Boy With a Heart, is making big splashes with it’s simple and unique seduction method. Cory doesn’t teach you how to pick-up women, he teaches you how to get women to pick you up! He completely throws out the routines manual and puts major emphasis on body language and eye contact through what he calls “eye game.”


pua.jpgA long standing member of the seduction community, SwinggCat is most known for his concept of Prizing in which the pick-up artist places a high value on himself. By seeing oneself as the prize rather than placing other people on a pedestal you can become more attractive. SwinggCat also consistently makes Thundercat’s yearly Top Ten Pick-up Artist list, coming in at number 1 for 2006.

Stephen Nash

Stephen Nash Pick Up ArtistA character in The Game and an original member of Project Hollywood, Stephen Nash has been billed as the real life Hitch. Nash’s company, Cutting Edge Image Consulting, focuses not just on picking up women but a style that is natural and holistic and can be used to lead healthy balanced lifestyle.

Sean Messenger

Sean Newman Messenger Pick Up ArtistFormer top coach for the Pickup 101 company and student of Lance Mason, Sean has quickly risen the ranks of seducers to transform himself into one of the best. With his new venture Sean has set out to teach men about having long lasting relationships with the women they love. He takes the emphasis out of bedding many women with nothing to show to having a really amazing relationship with just one woman.

Captain Jack

pua.jpgAnother top coach for The Love Systems company, Captain Jack is most known for his ability to get same night lays (not to be confused with one night stands). His techniques are quick and powerful and has the ability to go from approaching to the bedroom in minutes.

Thundercat (Joseph Matthews)

Thundercat Joseph Matthews Pick Up ArtistA student of Mystery and Style, Thundercat, became most known through his popular and sometimes controversial blog, Thundercat’s Seduction Lair. His area of expertise is in the crucial fist step of approaching. His popular ebook Art of Approaching, became an instant favorite of aspiring pickup artists with it’s comprehensive breakdown on every newbie’s first stumbling block of approaching women.


[Disclaimer: I have not met any of the above mentioned pick up artists nor their companies. The information provided above was gathered from the general perception of the seduction community. For this reason The Modern Savage(TM) does not endorse any one particular pick-up artist, method, or company over another.]


Dewey September 24, 2007 at 1:51 pm

pretty good list. i’ve learned quality shit from all these guys. except for Vin DiCarlo, Asian Playboy and David Wygant, they should go on your next list: top 25 WANNABE try-hard PUGs. and does anyone consider thundercat a PUA? nice guy and cool blog though.

Matt Savage September 24, 2007 at 2:00 pm

Thanks Dewey. I realize that this list will probably be controversial where people will question guys on the list and guys that aren’t on the list. I really just wanted to show who’s out there and in all reality probably could have expanded the list to 100 but decided to stop at 25.


The Asian Playboy September 24, 2007 at 8:36 pm


Thanks for the props!


And yet somehow, I’ve managed to:

1) been in the Game for 4 years, teaching for 2 years,
2) taught over a 100 programs globally,
3) taught on 4 continents in 2007 alone (Australia in Ocobter, baby!),
4) gotten virgin Asian men de-virginized,
5) had my material (bootcamp and blog) directly plagiarized from the big name to the small name companies,
6) over triple digit lays,
7) networked with some of the best,
8) started PUAs on the Coaching path who have since been hired by The Mystery Method AND The Venusian Arts,
9) in the TWO YEARS I’ve been teaching I’ve NEVER put out a PRODUCT because I was never in it for the money,
10) covered in magazine, newspaper, summits, podcasts, etc.

Well, I’m justa hard working playa squirrel trying to get his nut on.

Angel Eyes September 25, 2007 at 12:17 am

Not a bad list by any means… I can think of a few more people to possibly add… but comprehensive none the less.

Very diverse as far as style… that’s for sure.

Eddie Corbano September 25, 2007 at 11:19 am

Great list!

I would put just one more on the list: the “inventor” of the Direct Method – Shark (Ranko Magami).

I learned a lot from him!

The Arab Playboy September 25, 2007 at 2:17 pm

Asian .. 4 years .. a womanizer .. and no picture? . you are awesome

Pamm Hubbard September 26, 2007 at 3:28 pm

Hey Matt – great article. You always write some very entertaining and informative stuff so I love coming here.

One thing I’d love to see – a “school” (if you will) to make a FEMALE a pick-up artist. I know I know – you’re all saying “Women, by their very nature of being FEMALE, are pick-up artists!” but that’s just not true! I’m a halfway decent looking woman, great personality, damn fun to be around and I have a bitch of a time getting dates! I’m always told that I’m “too cool to date” (seriously – who says that!). From reading some of the PUA stuff out there, it’s seems like it’s all about interacting with people and I’d love to learn some of that as well!

Just my 2 cents – keep being awesome!

The Asian Playboy September 28, 2007 at 4:39 am

Arab Playboy,

I probably have more pictures- bootcamp and self- than any other PUAs out there…

Here’s a master list of various pics/videos on my blog:

Mikey O September 28, 2007 at 11:48 pm

Who do you guys think would be the top 5/10 pickup artists out there?

Bobby Rio October 4, 2007 at 6:15 pm

There is no right and wrong for this list… but unfortanately will never know who the best PUA is. We just know who the guys are that are best at marketing themselves.

Wouldn’t Vh1′s Pick Up Artist be so much more fun to watch if it was 8 of the guys on this list battling it out to be called The pick up artist?

My gut tells me Mystery would win, even before he became semi famous. But who knows?

Angus October 7, 2007 at 1:16 pm

Do these guys ever get blown out? Getting blown out is the most irritating and depressing part of pick up. It happened to me today I tried to talk to a woman and she went mad and stormed off in a temper.

I’d love to learn how to approach without ever getting blown out. I don’t mean getting rejected, rejection is easy to take it is when you approach and get a mean angry reaction from your target that is bad.

Sean Messenger October 9, 2007 at 12:50 pm

You get blown out when you are trying something you know will provoke strong reactions. It’s not that hard to avoid blowouts completely, but it takes a different approach. You have to focus on being friendly and warm instead of cocky and cool.

I know a lot of great guys on this list who are masters of cocky and cool, and yes, they get blown out sometimes. Personally, I would rather focus on making good relationships and impressions all the time than get laid quick, so my teaching focuses on being warm and never getting blown out.

It all depends on what you want. If you want to learn how to approach and enjoy it every time, you need to find a technique that keeps you from getting blown out. But keep in mind that if you want to get laid, you will need to move things along at some point.

Personally, I almost always lead with a compliment, because it never leads to a blow out when it’s sincere, and if a woman doesn’t appreciate a genuine compliment, then she’s not the kind of woman i want to be with even for one night.

JJ October 10, 2007 at 10:31 am

You totally missed SWINGCAT…I put him up there with David Deangelo in terms of techniques.

Matt Savage October 10, 2007 at 10:53 am


I’ve never heard of Shark before but will definitely look him up when I get a chance.


You’re right that there aren’t many sources for women who want to be PUAs but you could argue that there are already tons of resources out there for women to attract men. Just think of magazines like Cosmo. Also, it seems to me that a lot of the techniques that male PUAs use could also be used by females. Simple things like improved body language, getting rid of approach anxiety and being more confident are traits that will make anyone more attractive.

Asian Playboy,

Always appreciate the comments and we definitely know you are the real deal so don’t fret the hatters:)

Mikey O,

Thundercat has a top 10 list of pick up artists that he puts out at the end of each year that is probably more accurate than this list since he knows most of the pick up artist personally. I think if you simply search his blog you can find it.

Bobby Rio,

You make a good point. There are probably tons of other amazing pick up artists who we never even hear about simply because they are not part of a pick up company and are not marketing themselves. Although, one would argue that if someone is able to make a living on pick up then he must be pretty damn good!


If you’re getting blown out consistently then you are definitely doing something wrong, perhaps coming off as too cocky and not enough funny. Usually if you just approach with a smile, that’s enough to keep them from blowing you out. I think Sean says it best in his comment above.


Thanks for commenting on this. I always appreciate your feedback.


I didn’t miss Swinggcat, he is towards the bottom of the list. Remember that this list is not in any particular order, so because he is near the bottom does not mean I don’t think he is as good as the guys near the top.

Ash October 12, 2007 at 2:48 pm

One more name: Johnny Soporno.

the pickup artist October 13, 2007 at 4:37 am

what about man name speer?
here is a video of him you can find more on you tube…

Kobe Bryant October 14, 2007 at 3:57 pm

I like Style, Asian Playboy, Juggler and Brad P. those guys are the greatest of all time. I like Mystery too he’s pretty kewl.

Shaq October 16, 2007 at 2:35 am

Great list!

Would like everyone to also remember Franco, a truly insightful PUA.

Matt Savage October 16, 2007 at 8:10 am


I’ve read some of Johnny Soporno’s stuff on the message boards. It’s definitely solid. He is a Stylelife coach isn’t he?

The Pick Up Artist,

Never heard of Speer before now. I just watch that video of him and I never knew he was part of the whole Mystery crew. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for him.


I definitely agree with you on those four guys. However, I have to say that I’m becoming more and more impressed with what Brad P. is up to. A lot of the stuff he is writing about really hits home with me.


Thanks for reminding me of Franco, I can’t believe I forgot about him. I’m compiling a master list of all the top PUAs that I forgot to add to this list and will make sure that Franco is on it!


Sean Messenger October 22, 2007 at 6:47 am

Johnny Soporno is a friend, and a great guy, as well as one of the greatest ladies’ men I’ve ever met. Women simply love the man, and it’s because he is completely a man. He knows them, understands them, and turns them on more than other dudes, and they come and find him.

He’s really the inspiration behind what modern pickup became, as he was seducing all the women of Toronto when Mystery and Tyler were kids growing up in that town.

He’s not a Stylelife coach.

He is a better seducer and teacher than everyone on this list, including me.

- Sean

Johnny Soporno October 25, 2007 at 2:02 pm

Whew! I guess it pays to ‘google’ yourself once-in-a-while… ;) I almost missed this..!

Thanks Ash, Matt, and particularly you, Sean… You sure know how to make a guy feel good :D [without touching him, I mean!]

I’m not surprised I didn’t make the initial list, as I’ve only been active in ‘The Community’ since the middle of last-year, when I was invited to speak at the Cliff’s List ’06 Convention by Steve P (of http://www.SensualAwakening.com fame) and he and Zan and I made a lot of the attendees’ brains go ‘POP!’ as we conducted the closing-keynote address ;)

I’d like to clarify a couple of things, if I may?

First off, I am NOT affiliated with Stylelife (although I have great respect and affection for Neil and his crew, and they honoured me greatly with a two-page profile** in their inaugural newsletter :D) so I can understand the confusion might stem from that, and also possibly because I explicitly describe myself as a “Lifestyle Guru” (rather than a “Pick Up Guru”)…

The things I share should naturally, almost automatically, produce (literally) outrageous success with women, but that is just a happy ‘side-effect’ of living with an enlightened sociological, spiritual, and philosophical perspective.

Secondly, I don’t normally describe myself as a ‘Pick Up Artist’ … I have found that most people in “The Community” have concentrated all their efforts on ‘Customer Acquisition’ (Pick Up) and virtually nothing on ‘Customer Retention & Loyalty’ which is where I focus virtually all my own efforts!

In fact, by ensuring that each of my women always feels delighted, empowered, respected, and appreciated by me – as well as welcomed, comforted, affirmed, and complemented by all my other ladies – I remove the most-significant hurdle from ‘picking girls up’; I subdue their concern for their reputation [and by implication, their security] by being a PROVEN commodity.

Thirdly, I hardly feel I “inspired” modern-pickup, (outside of perhaps my iconoclastic ‘peacocking’) but rather it was TORONTO itself which inspired (or rather, DEMANDED) guys like Mystery, TD, Savoy, Payton Kane, TenMagnet, and my own self develop our Game essentials, or be forced to accept emasculating serial-monogamy OR WORSE!!

Johnny Soporno
Worthy Playboy

** here’s the Profile, in case you’re interested! http://www.worthyplayboyinstitute.com/mentors.html

Dr. Pepsi November 6, 2007 at 10:16 am

I stopped reading after Thundercat came in at #7.
Good marketer, yes. In terms of pickup, name one thing he has done, besides making money.

The Artist Formerly Known As Ninja Bob November 19, 2007 at 12:06 pm

I’m new to the community and not familiar with all the cats on the list, but I have to say that Juggler and Johnny Soporno are right up there with the big boys..

Ace December 8, 2007 at 6:37 pm

Honestly, I like this list because it has some of my personal favorites(Like Juggler) and people who have made the community known. The only thing is, I feel like there could be some people on this list who don’t charge for their services. Most of these PUAs make money off of what they do and I congratulate them but the ones who do it for the love of women and the love of the game don’t seem to get as much credit as the ones who do it for the love of dollars.

Mack Tight December 13, 2007 at 4:58 pm

I could gripe about the fact that most of the people on the list are “commercial” but it only makes sense that the best pick-up artists would seek to make money from their skills. You wouldn’t complain about a good singer putting out a CD for sale and charging money for tickets to their concert.

My only gripe is that the new up and coming pick up artist by the name of “Mack Tight” is not on the list. He is the cat’s ass and a bag of chips ;)

TimmyD December 21, 2007 at 1:25 am

VERY nice List–

I look forward to more of your posts


Leo December 22, 2007 at 10:48 pm

Nice list….But badboy needs to be on the list

Ashley Wills January 28, 2008 at 10:55 pm

Stephane Hemon you missed

Rob D February 23, 2008 at 4:10 pm

I’m new here and am searching for some advice. I’m in my mid 40′s and going through a divorce (found out my wife is a lesbian!). So, I’ve been out of the game for 16 years and have no game. My question is – who would be the best coach or which bootcamp would be the best for an older guy?

Prof February 26, 2008 at 1:19 am

Good work putting this list together.


Matt Savage February 26, 2008 at 12:58 pm

Thanks everyone for all the great comments. There is definitely a theme going here, in that I’ve left out A LOT of pick up artists that should be included in something like this. I’m currently working on a huuuuggge reference source of all the top Pick Up Artists and Dating Experts, so stay tuned for that!

Daniel March 19, 2008 at 12:26 am

Cool list man. I have a special respect for Vin Dicarlo and Zan Perrion

They advocate the things we advocate at our site, one that is growing exponentially.


Be well

Jeffrey March 21, 2008 at 3:04 pm

My buddy just showed me a crazy movie that has a lot of those guys in it.

What a freak-show!! LOL. He found it here..


I had no idea before the movie that this community even existed..

Seduction Chronicles March 21, 2008 at 4:33 pm

Decent list. =)

tyler March 25, 2008 at 12:54 pm


Try any of these 3.
Zan, Juggler, Steven Nash
They would be your best bet.

Avalon April 24, 2008 at 6:15 am

Scrolling through the profiles, only Gambler is a yes.

brendy April 24, 2008 at 3:54 pm

vin di carlo’s interveiw with David D interveiws with dating gurus’s was extremely valueable. one of the most valueable things i heard!!!

tho i still didnt buy any of his products!!!! haha

Don May 11, 2008 at 10:33 am

Hey Guys,
Awesome list!!
I want want to get in the game. i want to pick one of the best and follow him first to build a back bone. who would you suggest?

Thank you

Rafael Ferraço May 16, 2008 at 7:48 pm

This is one shit list.

Solo May 30, 2008 at 12:47 pm

How about Carlos Xuma he should be on the list too :(

torres June 16, 2008 at 10:07 am

solid list. these are some of the best in the business.

but where is AFC Adam Lyons?? some of the guys on there are more business men than PUAs. if you dont know adam lyons, google him. that guy is sick.

Matt Savage June 17, 2008 at 2:26 pm

There have been a lot of emerging pick up artists lately that are REALLY good, such as AFC Adam, etc. I’m planning on doing an update to this soon and probably expanding it to 50 pick up artists.

Lee Coles June 19, 2008 at 1:38 pm

Nice list. I’m pulling even with the pack.

Justin July 17, 2008 at 3:07 pm

If carlos xuma was a pick up artist. He’d be on this for sure.

Supernatural August 28, 2008 at 2:12 pm

wow, this is siiicck. Some of the best PUAs are actually chatting on this. Im a 20 year old from Montreal who got into this community about 6 months. It is changing my life. So thanks to all the artists out there that are putting up so much info on the net. Don’t forget…Practice is the key to success.

rick October 3, 2008 at 4:08 pm

no brent smith? what?!

Bengall October 23, 2008 at 2:58 am

You shouldn’t have put Mehow on the list,he doesn’t deserve to be on the PUA list.Apparently Mehow is not even straight.

sangos October 27, 2008 at 7:14 pm

Nice blog teeming with master PUAs…thanx to Matt.

In the “Kamasutra”{KS}( which is more than just an ancient sex positions manual-(all those glossy illustrateds on bookstands and DVDs!@#$), there are detailed chapters on approaching women – the bottom line is that the woman has to first give off distinct signals (IOIs) before the man can escalate. So it describes the signals to look for, without which it is futile to proceed. The cold( man does not know the woman’s inclination) approach is the default routine for a man with the target women he desires. Women ALWAYS know of a man’s intentions of seeking sex, as the KS say! For a man its OK to do so btw as Vatsayan the author explains, that is man’s basic sexual nature!! So in other words every time a man approaches a woman, both parties know thoroughly that mating is the ultimate objective of this interaction, if it does escalate both parties willing. So PUAs(and rest of the men lol), be cool with the idea that when you approach, what you are saying is “You are hot and I wanna sleep with you”. Be cool and thats the first sign that you are a real man, women instantly appreciate that as a default manly trait!!! KS tells of a technique that when a man sees a desirable woman he wants to sleep with, he must first take ample time and get TOTALLY comfortable with the desire in him. Make sure its absolutely suits ones frame. And then approach cause the woman needs to first consider you as a mate adn then signal accordingly. No 3 sec rule jumping off the cliff with guts wrenching BTw.(SHould sound good to the newbie puas!)

Cj. Apis October 28, 2008 at 9:59 am

A decent list you got here. But you forgot to put my Friend Derek (Seduction Science).

the Pacific’s Rake

Q November 19, 2008 at 1:59 am

Are you related at all to MICHAEL SAVAGE? The guy that hosts The Savage Nation??

jacob November 19, 2008 at 7:01 pm

You guys are missing one of the best puas by the name of cajun famous for his indepth innergame teachings and his grand victory on keys to the vip way better than some of those guys up there

Vegas November 21, 2008 at 12:50 am

I have concerns of all this mainstream PUAing going on. I really don’t wanna see Neil Strauss on Jimmy Kimmel and Mystery on Conan!!

All I am worried about is women being suspicious of every dude approaching them. This would lead to the ultimate bitch shield.

This list is wicked and everyone deserves to be on it. Big ups to Mr. David DeAngelo, he is in my opinion the most rounded teacher.

QUESTION? Do you guys have the same view as me on this “advertising a secret society”? I think the best seduction specialists should be allowed to stay discreet and not blown out by a jackass, claiming he is trying to teach, but actually trying to make money and become famous off a TV show:) No one in specific, lol.

CRUZZER November 24, 2008 at 9:29 pm

Like Mystery I learned most of this by trial and error but When someone from el Paso Texas took me under his wing back in ’99, he said, “pick up women is only the first step, you have to pick up the pace in fixing your spiritual, physical, emotional aspects of your life, your job.. ‘ so to me a pick up artist is just something everyone else does, just at a “picked up” speed and understanding than half assing it.

Teaching guys “Day Game” at a local college in 01-03 helped me pay for most of my tution. I briefly left the community in ’04′ only to come back in ‘Jan 06′ to find a book written on the whole subject.

I agree with with Vegas. Today everyone wants to be a PUA but are not willing to put in their work or do it half ass.

I believe Hypnotica said it the best when he said that the ‘whole PUA community’ has been a rut because there have been no real innovators..

And even Knack said it, this community has gone to the sh.t cause no one wants to wing and is just out for themselves and to make money.

I got a number from a lovely woman and it suprised a guy who was there waiting, to get my oil changed in our cars. During that time a guy walked in an asked “oh your running MM..” and I’m like.. ‘no I’m running direct natural day game I dont need a book or tv show that’s come out in the last 2 years to teach me something I’ve been doing for years…’ He was pretty upset..

Randal Curran January 23, 2009 at 12:22 am

Good list but you should have Spencer Michaels somewhere at the top too.

thekid January 25, 2009 at 11:39 am

I have never really had a problem meeting women, not in large numbers but a few once in awhile. I just broke up with my ex like 2 months ago so im looking to get back in the game. Personally i would never pay for a class to learn, but i was curious if there is any blogs or messgae boards to share thoughts and ideas. I am a professional football player in FL. so that makes things easier. I actually just use the internet sites now like myspace, message a girl, get a number after like a week, and then meet up. Its pretty simple and works most of the time. It also beats gettin all dressed up and having to search for an attractive chick. Anyways if you guys can recommend any blogs or anything where I can share ideas, read thoughts and all that good stuff, i would appreciate it.

On another note, I dont know all these PUA’s, but I would put mystery ontop of the list because he is successful, you see the ability he has on his tv show, and he is probably the most recognized PUA outside of the community. Although every guy has his own personality and technique for him, I like mysteries calculated approach.

thanks and take care.

Matt Savage January 27, 2009 at 11:14 am

@ Randal,
I’ve never heard of Spencer Michaels before, do you have a link to his website or blog (if he has one)?

@ thekid,
Considering you are already a high value male (pro football player) and don’t really seem to have any problems with the ladies, I would say that it might be best to stay away from the pick-up and seduction literature as it would likely hurt your current natural game rather than help it.

As the saying goes, ” if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it” :)

Starsky March 13, 2009 at 10:15 pm

David X 8-)

peter milko March 17, 2009 at 10:37 am

i wrote a manual….its a mixture of the best and its the shortest easyest to read guide

email me if you want your free copy

Don Simpson March 19, 2009 at 7:14 am

What a bunch of bullshit. you put Asian Playboy on there, but you left off Hoobie? That guy is the true asian pick up king!

craig t March 23, 2009 at 8:38 pm

I agree with Randall that Spencer Michaels should be somewhere in there. Him and David D are the tops to me. I like Vin Dicarlos’s stuff too.

Alex June 30, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Nice nice! Should I be on this list. How could I just wish.

BFG July 17, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Greatest pickup artists list as you say it is yet, it don’t include Hypnotica which is something thats wrong to point out for those of you getting scammed in here. Remember its disclaimed at informational level so, the list here is mundane. Let me tell you this, the difference between a natural womanizers such as Hugh Hefner or the loosely real fictional character Don Juan and a pickup artist is that they are not natural womanizers but they have had a particularly formulated method for womanizing after they found their lack of or rather the self imprisonment of their natural, irresistible and commanding womanizer which now, is only a well hidden inner womanizer. So, a word of caution is that, don’t believe that no more than few grand of people can learn this materiel with or without practice since, if you can as with anything, if you can do it and work hard on it then the hard work is practice where as if you can’t do it and still you work hard then it just is stupidity to think you can hard work in to success. Then, with some offense and disrespect I mean, you readers are losers.

david chang March 28, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Does anyone know of any short PUA instructors who are 5’5 and shorter?

Matt Savage March 28, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Many of the instructors from Love Systems are shorter, under 5’6 guys, like Cajun and Mr. M for example. Also, I believe Neil Struass is around 5’6 or so.

david chang March 28, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Thanks Matt

david chang March 28, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Actually are any of these guys still teaching or instructing? I was looking on the Love Systems website, but didn’t see their names listed.

Brain Storming May 9, 2010 at 2:05 pm

WOW! Impressive list! David DeAngelo and Mystery are brilliant! Vin DiCarlo also a genius! Thank you for all the gurus in the seduction community. All of our lives got more interesting because of you guys!

Jake @ As Seen on TV May 16, 2010 at 9:30 pm

My favorites are David DeAngelo, Vin Dicarlo and David Wygant .. not anyone that promotes card tricks, kids games and stupid hats.

Eric September 16, 2010 at 3:34 am

No offense, but I wonder if these writers have actually seen these guys out in the field. AFC Adam has great skills, but he’s married and doesn’t game anymore and doesn’t need to since he has a huge social circle. David D has huge connections in the club and bar scene. I don’t know where they put Asian Playboy…that guy has no game. He has more AA than a lot of the community members here. And there are a few on that list that very few here have actually seen game. If you want actual PUAs that go out every night and actually cold approach then Brad P would have to be up there. Mystery’s too famous now, but back in the day when girls weren’t as aware of his schtick, he was truly great. Probably why Brad P doesn’t let anyone know what he looks like. Never met Sean the Messenger, but boy did he look impressive in those videos as did that skinny blonde guy that he worked with. I’ve seen David Wygant around a lot. He has a wife or girlfriend, but he seems to have major game where he’s able to talk to anyone in the room at the drop of the hat. Haven’t personally seen the RSD guys, but some friends have said that they’ve seen soem of their guys and said that they are really good. I don’t think the writer should put down anyone unless he has personally seen their game…because otherwise, that’s succeptible to marketing or unreliable word of mouth.

Scott November 6, 2010 at 1:28 am

Adam Gilad has put out a new system specifically for Online Dating…it works. And 65% of singles are now online (the number is growing) so it makes sense some one would develop material for the online world. I like the approach of Johnny Soporno and David Shade. I also like Ross Jeffries and Brad P. These are all older guys that live a lifestyle and their Truth…they have substance and depth of character due to major life experience. I’m over 40, attractive, have a successful professional career and am a single father of two little girls (50/50 custody). The older guys make more sense to me…and they pretty much can Game and date hot and quality women of all ages…20s, 30s, 40s, 50s…Scoreboard Baby!

black-shaz March 23, 2011 at 2:45 am

its weird that most of guys are not even close to any girl’s type or any guy yet you are the best .you make me more and more curious everytime i read about you guys.You are awesome!!!!

alberto April 23, 2011 at 6:19 pm

hey where is david x?????? he must be first

Brent June 21, 2011 at 10:55 am

I know this list is a few years old, but I’ve been reading Jeff Cagney’s new book (How to Meet Broads), and it really offers some awesome and funny tips for picking up girls. Whenever you guys do a new list of best pick-up artists, he should definitely be on it.

Gregory B August 5, 2011 at 6:16 pm

My all time fav is Dave D, followed by Brad P, Style and do not forget about Ross J, his visualization techniques work.

Jaham August 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm

An what about

AFC Adam Lyons?

Jeff September 26, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Good list, but… where is Mike Pilinski? In my view the best overall guru of them all. check his site http://www.highstatusmale.com

achintya_playboy October 5, 2011 at 6:09 am

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Justin December 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Hypnotica! The guy has more innovation then most above.

Mike Adams December 23, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Thanks for making this list! pretty helpful!


Allan January 28, 2012 at 8:58 am

Good list… :)

Check out Simon B D Johansen
He is definitely a legend in northern Europe …
He kissed a random girl in just 12 seconds on the street…


link February 6, 2012 at 7:07 am

mystery can out game them all!!

Jensen May 1, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I think Simon B D Johansen from http://www.nlpactionattraction.com is one of the best PUA in europe because his unique style is revolutionary!

Well if he is the best in denmark, and the most beautiful girls are there, then he most be one of the greatest

Vlad June 19, 2012 at 3:19 pm

How can you leave AFC Adam or Sasha PUA off the list, some of the best Day Game in the world. DJ fugi is another one.

I would actually put AFC Adam as #1 right now as a teacher.

Ed July 12, 2012 at 8:20 am

Roosh V is pretty awesome from what I have read.

Pantalones July 23, 2012 at 4:30 am

I Pantalones is the best ok?
I slept with Al Joker wife Deborah Roberts when she was interviewing me, Pantalones . And shes pretty hot. But. for favor don’t tell Al Roker.

Derail August 28, 2012 at 10:59 pm

dont forget Derail. The leader of the toronto pickup lair and amazing pickup artist from Toronto. Add Derail Lair to facebook

Derail August 28, 2012 at 11:01 pm
Barry @ Tips get women August 31, 2012 at 12:25 am

Is the list for top 25 for this year coming out soon?

Chan September 5, 2012 at 5:18 am

Some retards think the Western world (or, even worse, the English-speaking world) to be the only world on this planet. I am sick of these so-called “World Greatest Blah-blah-blah” which only consider persons/films/music from a particular culture/country. Perhaps it is the fact that the current top 25 PUA are indeed from the US, but you shouldn’t have known, because I bet you can’t even name ten notable PUA from East Asia, can you?

become a pick up artist September 16, 2012 at 12:24 am

I’m gone to tell my little brother, that he should also pay a visit this blog on regular basis to take updated from newest gossip.

Elite October 28, 2012 at 11:12 am

Shaking My Head-while laughing

Breaking News!!! 2013 is the year a absolutely remarkable man from unknown orgins will appear for the first time in the global public eye..that will leave EVERY single “pickup artist”, “guru”, and “wanna be dating coach” dumbfounded, in shame, and forgotten FOREVER!! I guarantee it!

I can not expose the details and logistics of his plans yet, but I will tell you this..this rare man is on a COMPLETELY
different level, has been actively living the LIFESTYLE from
the age of 16 years old and went Machiavellian(vanished)
by the age of 23 years old where he was well known legend
from different cities by the street name people knew him
by. You can pull his card any day of the week and see he is the REAL DEAL.

When he comes out of retirement in 2013, expect alot of chaos-mainly from the pua’s, gurus, dc’s because he will be exposing just how wack, corny, and flat out lame these guys are, not by attacking them per se, but introducing the world to what REAL GAME is..He will have no competition AT ALL, and will even challenge them that he could easily take away their girlfriends from them, no matter how loyal they think their girls are to them, challenge them that he could easily step in ANY enviroment in the world and have so many women huddling around him in anticipation while the pua, guru, dc fires off their wack game to 1 women and struggles to get compliance.

One final clue, he is a brown skinned man with one hella of swagger. I met him personally in 2008, and became a good friend of his and all I can say is WOWWWW..this guy is revolutionary, people respect him, women obey him and try their hardest to please him and I’m talking 11′s.
He is very low key and mysterious.

He told me to warn and prepare others for his grand reappearance in 2013, so EVERYONE keep your eyes open..
Pua’s, gurus, and dc’s are going to be laughing stocks and forgotten very soon


Elite October 28, 2012 at 11:49 am

P.S. I agree with that Bobby Rio fellow..that these guys are just great marketers..that’s all

The man I mentioned coming in 2013 taught me what REAL GAME is and believe me it’s far from what the guys on,this list teach…for one there is no such thing as ” inner game/outer game” because ” tha Game” is way deeper than that.

2013 will be the year men all over the world have been waiting for…someone to step on the scene and teach them REVOLUTIONARY GAME, Powerful methods, that will finally put an end to their dating struggles, trash all the garbage bs systems that never live up to their advertising claims, and learn from the undisputed Best.

As he taught me there are 3 levels of tha Game, and pua’s,
gurus, and dc’s are barely at only level 1. Level 3 is reserved
for the “Elite Masters”

2013 it all changes!!!

Suave February 25, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Joshua pellicer is my starter. He’s not famous like all this guys. But he mastered nlp body languange inner game psychology has 10+ years of practise, teaches crazy material. If there’s somebody better. I’d love to see him…. Although there’s no way to know….

AJ Blankenfeld May 5, 2013 at 12:29 am

I’m quite surprised Paul Janka is not on this list. It seems his pick up game is a cut above the rest.

Randy Van Akerfeldt May 9, 2013 at 11:31 am

How about Derek Rake… He is a great pick-up artist, he relies on rare and dark techniques to pick up women… techniques like “fractionation” and “October man sequence”….. He has written a few books too, like “How to Seduce Out of Your League”, “Deadly Seduction”, and “Seduction On Steroids”

Randy Van Akerfeldt May 10, 2013 at 2:16 pm

I have recently read “The Game” by Style (Neil Strauss) and I’m surprised that Steve P. and Rasputin aren’t on the list… According to Style, they transferred him to a whole new level of seduction… And by his description of them, Steve P. can make a girl make out with him in 30 seconds, and can make a girl have an orgasm just by speaking specific words… That’s awesome!!!

traidzl May 10, 2013 at 3:22 pm

No Paul Janka in the list? Right, he’s not a “pick up artist” per se because he’s the real deal, a real hustler, no bullshit guru like most in the list. I respect the community but come on, don’t you dare forget about Paul. He has the most straightforward style from everyone. I’d even consider him the best of the best.

Bon May 11, 2013 at 2:35 am


Paul May 31, 2013 at 10:57 pm

Very interesting, I have been out of the game for a couple of years and look forward to researching Your list. Thank You.

James June 25, 2013 at 4:27 am

simple pickup (jesse, kong and jason)
sasha daygame (apparently one of mystery’s original wingmen)

These guys emphasize on having fun rather than systematic seduction, but they apply principles of “PUA,” essentially.

Nkrsx July 26, 2013 at 8:48 pm

__Nice but… ¿Where is Derek Cajun?

Vince Lin August 1, 2013 at 8:49 pm

These are old what about the RSD crew?

Vince Lin August 8, 2013 at 1:28 pm

You’re missing some really important pictures man! They’re online find them

ashu October 15, 2013 at 2:32 am

how can i get workshops in india

oooonions November 18, 2013 at 1:26 pm

not a good list for me…just the most famous puas..mystery and niel struess wouldnt get near this list….tylor durden is amazing but not even the best pua in rsd never mind the world….

J February 22, 2014 at 10:25 pm

Any recommendations for someone in Canada or NYC to work with over a long-term period (3-5 years) to try to pick up a true dream woman? Big challenge, but I know someone out there is up for it.

Geoff Murdoch March 20, 2014 at 5:27 am

Great list. I’ve been following the PUA community for years and it’s really interesting reading (although some motives are questionable). Finally Xavier Cassel has brought out a mini ebook called Let’s Play a Game which brings loads of these little psychological games together and helps me to build my game.

Daniel June 26, 2014 at 6:00 am

I’d count in Marko Polo from Germany DEFINITELY. He’s 23 years old, and started pickup by the age of 14. His game is not comparable to the puas listed here, cause he implemented all the techniques into his personality at that young stage. He wrote a book that is unfortunately only available in german, where he describes his “perfection game” as he calls it. Brought soo many new aspects and views into the game, which I’ve never seen before. If you really want to see something NEW, then you should watch out for that guy. I’m pretty sure he will be on top of this list very soon!

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