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Slash: Paper Under the Knife. New York, NY

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Two weeks ago I met this guy (for anonymity’s sake let’s call him “Charles”) and his friend Wayne at my go-to East Village coffee shop Mudspot.  After a brief exchange with Charles, he asked if I had a boyfriend and then for my number.  I hesitated aloud – which sounds a lot like “ummmmmm” – as I calculated his percentage of crazy {high % = definite no due to possibility of physical danger, low % = okay to oblige and defer looking like a cynical city bitch until later}.  Charles fell in the latter percentile and managed, despite my lackluster attempts to ignore his text, phone call, and voicemail, to convince me to travel above 42nd Street to check out Slash: Paper Under the Knife at MAD the following weekend.  As I predicted:  great exhibit, good conversation, zero attraction.
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And then something I couldn’t have possibly predicted:
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After mulling over some of the stranger moments of the date later that day (comments like “I wouldn’t exactly call Wayne a friend” and “We both thought hesitating before giving out your number was a great move!”), I decided to do a little research and quickly discovered that Wayne is actually Wayne Elise, a professional within the seduction community who gets paid to teach people the dynamics of effective conversation with strangers (ie how to pick up women).  He’s also a contributing author of “The Game.”
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ummmmmm. ….{low %}
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As it turns out, not only is his philosophy very well regarded within this community, it’s also kind of brilliant.  Here’s an mp3 of Wayne giving a seminar in Irvine, CA on April 26, 2007.