Who is Mr. Houdini?
- Any age
- Any profession or economic background
- Usually an out going confident demeanor
- Extremely enthusiastic towards dating you
- Aggressive in their approach
A typical scenario with Mr. Houdini goes like this.
- You meet up after corresponding online
- He is the perfect gentlemen, totally excited about seeing you, pays for dinner, heaps you with compliments
- Begs you for a second date
- Calls, texts and emails often
- Emphasizes that he is a “relationship” type person and that he not looking for a fling
- Eventually gets you to sleep with him, then almost immediately
- You never hear from him again, just like Houdini he vanishes without a trace
Shades of gray exist with men like this, they don’t all follow that pattern exactly. Some of them will check in after a few weeks, a month or several months have passed, with all sorts of excuses and explanations for why they disappeared post coitus. And then of course there is Houdini light, where they disappear after a make-out session, or any sexual encounter short of actual intercourse.
What is going on here? Are these men sociopaths? Do they have borderline personality disorder? More likely they are just immature, scared men. They will say anything to get the prize they seek, sex with you. I know men that have pulled variations of this scenario with women and when I question them they have told me things like
“I meant it when I was saying it”
As if somehow feeding a line of bull to a woman such as…
“I don’t sleep around, I want to have a committed relationship” or “I think we make a great couple”
is OK because they meant it when it was coming out of their mouth. Are you kidding me?
Other men have told me things such as
“Well I did mean it, but then once we had sex, it was so intense and I got scared….I realized I really didn’t want anything major”
So instead of telling you….
“Hey look, I don’t want anything major, I thought I did and I really meant it, blah, blah, blah…”
They will instead just blow you off, thinking that it is an easier solution that actually treating you with respect as a human being.
Some of these men will chase a woman for weeks, and feeding her lies date after date after date…..and then POOF they are never heard from again. I think it is a real problem in New York, because they can go right back to being anonymous immediately after the encounter. They don’t share any mutual friends, they won’t run into the same woman without extreme effort and since they met the woman online it is easy for them to go back to the virtual world unscathed. There are few consequences. Sure some women might freak out, track them down, confront them and make a scene, or text them repeatedly, or hit speed dial for days on end. But most of my friends who have been through this are so shocked, they usually don’t even know what hit them for days. Making all sorts of excuses for why they haven’t heard from this new guy in their life they thought was so perfect. For these men it is all about the hunt and not about the collateral damage.
My friends who seemed to have survived these situations best, kept their dignity, maybe sent one harshly worded text, email or phone call, then cut their losses and never looked back. Freaking out in public is usually not worth the effort over these guys. Although if you do find out that a would be lover is in fact married, living with someone or has a girlfriend the best revenge would be to somehow let his partner know what kind of man she has in her life. In the long run you are doing her favor. If she doesn’t want to listen, fine, but then get out quick, she will probably just start attacking you either verbally or maybe even physically!
And what is most pathetic is that most Mr. Houdinis don’t have to play this particular magic act. Many woman past a certain age, are more than willing to have a casual sexual relationship with a man they don’t consider a boyfriend or a serious emotional partner. It is all about honesty. What makes these guys so insidious is their total lack of candor and transparency.
Some women do the same thing, acting as if they care more about a man than they actually do, only to then cut them off like a dead limb on a tree when it’s over. The worst type, of either gender or sexual orientation, are the emotional vampires. Those who seek out to destroy existing relationships, simply to prove that they can do it. They get off on the destruction and havoc they create. Once they bed one of the partners, and leave ruin in their wake, they are gone. Bored with the conquest they just acquired. For an emotional vampire it really is all about the hunt, and the biggest game is the prey that is already claimed by another hunter.
My only advice: proceed with caution. If you have sneaking suspicion that you might be dealing with a man who will soon vanish…pull back, take time off from him and see how he reacts. Ask blunt pointed questions. Try to find out information about him online if possible. With some of these guys there is little you can do. Or you can decide to play the player, if you want sex and no commitment then go in, get what you want and leave. The man might be shocked when you don’t freak out when he doesn’t call. Personally I try to avoid these situations all together. The sad thing is that if everyone was really honest about their intentions these scenarios wouldn’t happen. When in doubt, never assume someone is genuine until they have given you sufficient evidence of their true nature. Sadly some of the most earnest potential suitors are just players in a sweet boy costume.
- Dating in New York: Mr. Spontaneous (julietjeske.wordpress.com)
- The Exclusivity Talk: Why Are We All So Afraid to Ask ‘Are We Together’? (howaboutwe.com)
- Robert Weiss: Unfaithful? 5 Possible Reasons You Cheat (huffingtonpost.com)