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Who We Are, What We Do


Over the past ten years, we have systematically developed the most effective methods in the world for attracting and dating beautiful women. Our ideas first came to mainstream prominence in Neil Strauss’ best-selling book, The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists and then later on the hit show The Pickup Artist on VH1. We have cracked the code to human emotions and social intelligence, and now our mission is to continually refine our art and to make this technology available to others who seek to learn it. As our thousands of students worldwide have learned for themselves, our system is real, and it gets results. Whether you want to feel socially empowered, you’re looking to meet the right girl, or you just want better dating options, the Venusian Arts can make it happen for you.


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Founding Partners

Co-Founder, Master Trainer
pua mysteryMystery is the alter-ego of entertainer Erik von Markovik, the star of VH1’s The Pickup Artist and the world’s foremost expert in the art and science of social dynamics. Mystery exploded onto the underground pickup and seduction scene in the late 1990s with his groundbreaking contributions to the art, and he was the first pickup instructor to offer live, in-field training. Mystery has trained thousands of students all over the world, including a who’s who of the most respected pickup artists teaching today. Mystery gained international prominence when his exploits were documented in Neil Strauss’ 2005 bestseller The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists, and he has also been covered by a wide variety of media including CNN, Conan O’Brien, and The New York Times. Mystery’s book, The Mystery Method: How To Get Beautiful Women Into Bed still ranks highly in sex, dating, and mate seeking at Amazon.com.

View his full bio here.

Co-Founder, Master Trainer
pua matadorJames Matador, a.k.a Matador, co-star of VH1’s The Pickup Artist, is a master pickup artist and one of the founding partners of the Venusian Arts. In addition, Matador is also an actor, an accomplished businessman, a national-champion martial artist, amateur bodybuilder, and avid reader. Matador, who recently spoke at Yale University on social dynamics and dating, is Mystery’s long-time wing and together they have taught live seminars all over the world. Considered one the best pick-up artists in the world, Matador has used his finely-tuned expression of the venusian arts to create relationships with women of high quality, including models, actresses, and celebrities. Matador has appeared most recently on The Jon Stewart Show and Fox and Friends, and has received coverage from CNN, The New York Times, and AskMen.com.

View his full bio here.

Co-Founder, Master Trainer
pua lovedropChris Odom, a.k.a. Lovedrop, has been involved in the pickup scene since the late 1990s. An electrifying speaker, Chris has traveled with Mystery for years, coaching students in the field and teaching seminars all around the world.

Chris authored our new book, Revelation, and he also co-wrote The Venusian Arts Handbook with Mystery, which has been published by St. Martin’s Press as The Mystery Method: How to Get Beautiful Women Into Bed.

Chris’ interests include music, reading, and social dynamics. He enjoys writing, playing guitar, working out, chilling with his friends, and practicing game in the field.

Chris lives in Los Angeles with his girlfriend, Kacey, and their dog, Pickle.

View his full bio here.