Erik von Markovik

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Erik von Markovik
Erik von Markovik ("Mystery")
Born (1971-09-24) September 24, 1971 (age 52)[1]
Other namesMystery
Occupation(s)Pick-up artist, writer, TV personality, illusionist
Known forMystery Method, VH1's The Pickup Artist

Erik von Markovik (born September 24, 1971), more popularly known by his stage name Mystery, is a Canadian pickup artist and television personality. He is best known for his profiling in Neil Strauss's The Game and his appearances on the VH1 television show The Pickup Artist.[1][2]

He has been criticized for promoting unethical and manipulative behavior.[3]

His work has also been used to help people to initiate long-term stable relationships, as the study "The Dating Mind: Evolutionary Psychology and the Emerging Science of Human Courtship", done using his book The Mystery Method as well as another famous book, The Game explores. [4]


The character Mystery was created by Erik von Markovik in the late 1990s for his performances as a mentalist, titled Natural Magic. He has done magic performances in many places, including Toronto, Las Vegas and Hollywood. The name Mystery was also used by von Markovik as an internet username.[5]


  • The Pick-Up Artist, Mystery, 2010
  • Revelation (2008). Mystery, Chris Odom, James Matador. Venusian Arts. ISBN 978-0-9818733-0-5
  • The Mystery Method, Mystery, 2006
  • The Venusian Arts Handbook, Mystery Method Corp., 2005 (E-Book)


  1. ^ a b Getlen, Larry (August 5, 2007). "Hot Seat". New York Post. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  2. ^ "The Hot Seat: Mystery". Time Out. Retrieved November 16, 2014.
  3. ^ Koul, Scaachi. "Pickup Artists Are Still A Thing. And They Want You To Know They've Evolved". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved 2022-12-06.
  4. ^ Oesch, Nathan. "The Dating Mind: Evolutionary Psychology and the Emerging Science of Human Courtship". Sage Journals. Retrieved 2024-02-03.
  5. ^ "Instagram profile". 2019. Archived from the original on April 4, 2019. Retrieved May 9, 2019.

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