HEADLINE: The Eyes Have It In New Dating Twist
CAPTION: A new twist on speed dating pairs up potential daters to silently stare into each others eyes. As AP Correspondent Haven Daley reports, eye gazing parties aim to eliminate awkward small talk and corny pickup lines. (Feb. 13)
(locator - San Francisco, CA)
"I get compliments on my eyes."
"It's like magic, you know?"
"It's an amazing ice breaker."
IT'S A NEW TWIST ON SPEED DATING...THAT'S EYEING TO MAKE A DEEP IMPRESSION WITHOUT SAYING A WORD.
Michael Ellsberg, Founder, Eye Gazing Parties, says: "We get 50 or 60 singles together in a room evenly split between men and women and the idea is you can actually get to know someone even more by looking directly into the eyes."
EVERY FEW MINUTES THE HOST CHIMES IN...
...AND YOU SWITCH PARTNERS. THE FOUNDER CAME UP WITH THE IDEA WHILE SALSA DANCING.
Michael Ellsberg, Founder, Eye Gazing Parties, says: "I noticed that the dances that were most intense were the ones where I was locking eyes with my partner and I said what if we take this eye contact and take it out of the dance context and into the singles scene."
IT CAN BE A BIT AWKWARD AT FIRST.
Tim Ferriss, Eye Gazer, says: "I mean if you stare at someone for three minutes and don't say anything in normal circumstances you'd probably have the police called on you or something."
BUT AFTER AWHILE MANY SAY THEY SEE RESULTS.
Tsahai Ungar, Eye Gazer, says: "It's an amazing opportunity to meet somebody and not have to have a way to communicate with them or come up with something witty or all of the classic lines."
Haven Daley, The Associated Press, says: "Once the eye gazing is complete, those who made a connection get a chance to mingle and talk."
EYE GAZING PARTIES ARE NOW TAKING OFF AROUND THE COUNTRY.
Michael Ellsberg, Founder, Eye gazing Parties, says: "I certainly see a lot of numbers being exchanged and sometimes even people leaving together but I won't say anything (laughs)."
PROVING THAT BEAUTY REALLY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER. HAVEN DALEY, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, SAN FRANCISCO.
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