Wingmen practice art of the pickup

Local Don Juans use Mystery Method

She wrapped her arms around him and pulled him in. "She showed her level of attraction," Renovo says. "She got really close."

When he got back to his hotel room, his friends couldn't stop marveling at his skills.

"Shouldn't you be fucking someone right now?" they teased.

Renovo's face glows warmly above his plate of pad thai as he basks in the memory.

"Let's just say we had a wonderful time," he says with a sheepish grin. "I don't like to kiss and tell."

Renovo is the most active member of the Don Juans when it comes to the online forum. He's posted 418 times, more than any of the other 105 members. His writings read like kernels of Yoda-esque wisdom, rich with metaphors and high-minded ideals.

"We spend more time in plateaus than we do getting better or worse," he writes. "But it is these plateaus that allow us to get better."

Renovo's been working on his pickup skills for two years now. First, he hired an image consultant, who helped him add "statement pieces" to his wardrobe, such as his zebra-print scarf.

Then he focused on becoming more decisive—being a leader among his friends. As he started making more plans rather than waiting passively for other people to come up with the social calendar, his phone started ringing more and more.

Now, Renovo tries to go out with the core Don Juans at least once or twice a week to practice. He refuses to talk about how that has added to his "score"—in pickup parlance, the number of women he's bedded.

"I prefer quality over quantity," he says. "If I find the right woman, I'm ready to settle down."

  

THE LOCAL IN DOWNTOWN Minneapolis is hopping at 8 o'clock on Friday night. Girls in flouncy skirts spin on their barstools, twirling their hair between their polished fingers.

At one of the high-top tables, a goateed 25-year-old digs into his basket of fish and chips. Tonight he's without his trademark accessory: a black knit cap that's earned him the moniker "The Black Hatter," or just "Hatter" for short.

Hatter listens attentively as his friend Travis explains how the Minneapolis Don Juans revolutionized his life.

"I was one of these guys who had a lot of hate and anger," gushes the 28-year-old. "Now, I am loving myself—just being nonjudgmental."

"That's fucking huge," nods a 24-year-old in a gray Rolling Stones T-shirt who goes by the codename "Xenu." Xenu takes a bite of his salad.

Travis explains that he was once a full-out geek: totally into comic books, Dungeons & Dragons, Magic the Gathering, and Final Fantasy videogames.

"I was always horrible with women in high school and college," Travis confesses.

A few years back, a friend of his who was really into Chuck Palahniuk books noticed that The Game was popular with fans of Fight Club. He suggested Travis read it. Travis picked it up and didn't put it down until dawn.

Before long, he was going out to practice hitting on women. At first, the decision cost him socially. His nerd friends didn't like the concept of pickup.

So Travis found new friends who were trying to hone their own pickup skills. The guys would go out and practice together, then compare notes.

Eventually Travis moved in with two fellow pickup artists. But now both of the roommates have found their way into happy relationships. So Travis had to find new wingmen. Which brings us to tonight.

The guys pay their checks and part ways to stalk their prey. Hatter spies two pretty girls sitting at the back of the bar. He's feeling a little rusty, so he opens up with a routine—a scripted set of lines he's used before.

"So, we were just wondering, who lies more, men or women?" he asks.

"Hmm," says a willowy brunette with red lipstick and retro glasses. "Men lie more, but women are better at it."

"Yep," the redhead agrees.

"So what do the two of you do?" Hatter asks. "No wait, let me guess."

He points at the redhead and says, "Lion tamer."

She tips her head back and giggles.

Turning to her friend, he hazards another guess. "Accordian player."

"No, I work in a bank," she says, her eyes down. "But actually, I'm an actress."

He banters with them for several more minutes, eventually copping to the fact that he's a grad student in chemistry.

"Oh!" says the willowy brunette. "So you know about string theory? I love string theory."

Hatter is into her, but the night is still young. He gets both of their numbers.

"You guys should meet up with us later," Hatter says as he departs.

After he's gone, the girls review his performance.

"I thought he was nice," one says.

"He was entertaining," says the actress.

The Don Juans regroup and compare notes. A fourth member has joined them: 31-year-old "Franz," who wears a green army cap above his unlined baby face.

"I don't really do pickup," Franz says. "I'm the fun guy. I rely more on my looks. Usually, girls just come up to me."

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Lilbwayne
Lilbwayne

Question: You're heading out for a boys' night, and your best friend asks you to be their Wing Man because tonight he wants to hunt a cougar. How do you adjust your game plan? Check out COUGAR HUNTING for pointers... http://on.fb.me/s12fjk

Sophia Green
Sophia Green

Hi cutie, Could you hit me up on--- RichFlirts.C'om---A dating club for successful, beautiful people.I am a smart&pretty gal. seeking a sweet man.pls Check out my username myshine,serious...

BrendenShellfish
BrendenShellfish

The Drink is a terrible cesspool full of darshes, overly tanned egos, and just plain scummy people with one thing on their mind. There are so many better places to go have a good time in uptown other than this piece of garbage. Not to mention the bouncers think they are god's gift to this solar system. Seriously, I would love to see this place closed... Actually scratch that, keep it running so it magnetizes all the d-bags to its epicenter. That way they're out of my hair.

Renovo
Renovo

Disappointing. This article has only represented what exactly every other article on the pickup community has already stated: "losers want to bang chicks too". Of course from this standpoint, it would be easy to ridicule the men who practice the art of pickup. It would be easy for the readership to renounce the actions of these individuals as self-serving.

What it failed to capture is that most men I've met in the pickup community both locally and internationally do not learn the game so that they can maintain huge harems of women. They learn about the pickup community because they want to have the power to transform their lives. It's not just about having sex so much as it is about man transformation. How many people suffer their whole lives because they married the only option available to them? The men I've met in my journeys do not want to suffer a similar fate.

Not every man (or woman for that matter) has the blessing of being raised in a positive environment where children are taught to chase after their dreams without fear. Not every man is given the social training to be the funniest guy or the coolest guy in the class. I would be much quicker to shame the person that would ridicule a man who has enough courage to push himself beyond in own comfort zones and embarrass himself night after night so that he can make a positive change within his own life. How many of you internet gangsters can say you've done that much for your lives? If you don't agree, then stop applying makeup to your faces, stop going to the gym to build your pecs, hell..stop showering.

Yes, some of the methods may be crude. Yes, there are bad apples who only use these skills to manipulate women for sex. Yes, some of the so called 'gurus' are nothing but fakes and pay women to act a certain way as to aide their credibility. In every social group, there will be some percentage of misfits. However, at the core of the process, it is a process of a man correcting the mistakes he was taught by his own father, his own brothers, his own guy friends and most importantly, the women in his life. It takes a man of courage and character to be able to see that there is something wrong and to take the initiative to change that.

Dave Porter
Dave Porter

"So, like I've got this friend of mine [who's paid me a grand to 'teach him how to pick up girls'],and I'll, like, just be coming in here in about ten minutes, okay? And I'll give you the high sign to, like, flirt with him, okay? Nothing heavy here, just like, make his day for a minute or two, okay? There's fifty bucks in it for you gals, and your waiter here, Paul, he's holding it for you - right, Paul? That'll be enough for a nice buzz for all of you, and trust me, you'll never even see this guy again, because he's just a shy nerd, and all he wants is to feel like he's doing something right for once, okay? No problems, no commitments, just smile at him long enough to light him up, okay? Thanks a lot."

bronson
bronson

If you're a well-adjusted adult, The Drink on a Saturday night is an experience of horror and awe.

Dirty Blond
Dirty Blond

I am from Minneapolis and used to sarge Chino Latino and drink. a lot. I loved sarging women Uptown. Now I'm in L.A. on the front lines of the seduction community sarging with the likes of Ross Jeffries . . . below me, Debbie!

not a douche
not a douche

No way that Brent guy actually picks up decent women. If you look at the other pictures of him, he has a horrible bald spot, a huge paunch belly, and a really creepy looking smile. No way.

Oh
Oh

Nice Travis

NEMpls
NEMpls

Seriously, how could anyone fallow this crap.

Bob23
Bob23

This is a joke right?

sw
sw

Painful, petty reading. Would've gone down better with a spoonful of irony. Or relevance? It's a considerable step down from last week's cover story.Also, that is definitely Aura, not Drink.

The Black Hatter
The Black Hatter

Thanks for the article CityPages! We are an active, fun group of guys going out regularly trying to better ourselves and our skills with women. Come check us out at http://donjuancrew.com/

Dale Jadsworth
Dale Jadsworth

Brent is "epic, seriously record-breaking, good in bed," says his girlfriend Carolyn.........this is the worst quote I have ever heard. Man, he must be some type of god!

noodle
noodle

That's Restaurant Aura, not Drink.

Xander
Xander

I've met a handful of guys who were into this in AZ and MN. They mostly seemed like normal guys trying to understand women a bit better. I don't think this article paints the best picture...

Donovan
Donovan

Most of these methods are fun to hear but ineffective in the real world and make you WEIRD. I got the most natural and long-lasting results through a company called Attraction Methods, based out of LA, and taking a bootcamp (after a phone consultation) with lead coach "Magic".

YouTube something like "Attraction Methods". He's an Indian immigrant that really took things to the next level.

Don't waste your time with anything else!

Cooldudeluke
Cooldudeluke

wonderful piece about some truly inspiring people. Hats off to city pages for the great work. and hats off to those fellas for 'bedding' so many 'chicks'. im so proud of them. i want to meet them all in person so we can high five.

the only thing thats good about this story is that all the lame guys and gals in it are sticking to all the lame bars and away from places i frequent.

Lane Narrows
Lane Narrows

Yeah, this is a pretty garbage story. Not that it's poorly written. Just that winging is old news. And these guys are clearly D-Bags.Plus, what's with the inset graphic of Brent at the Uptown Cafeteria? He's record breaking in bed? Awesome.

What About Bob?
What About Bob?

I new a guy named "Crow" who dabbled in this game. Im surprised more women dont see through this. Corny lines, flare items and the thought that all women can be categorized........good luck.

Nathan
Nathan

Terrible. The Drink is a D-Bag bar. These guys sound like slim.....con artists at best.

CJ
CJ

This is the cover story for this week? The writing was crass and pretty schmaltzy. It makes these guys sound like a bunch of douches. I think there was a better way to write this. Is it a joke article? Also what's up with the caption about the guy's sexual prowess? What does that have to do with the article? Unless his opener is that he's hung like a donkey and stellar in bed. CP you've done better.

Nas
Nas

You're shallow

Cherish_mntc
Cherish_mntc

I think it's "hung like a horse" and "shits like a donkey".

 
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