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Topless Prophet: The True Story of America's Most Successful Gentleman's Club Entrepreneur Hardcover – October 1, 2009

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About the Author

Born and raised in Detroit, Alan Markovitz transformed a modest bar on Eight Mile into the first prototype of the truly modern gentlemen's club and parlayed that triumph into a string of wildly popular and highly profitable topless venues that continues to expand today, both in Michigan and around the country. Backed by his father, an Auschwitz survivor, Markovitz has boldly and permanently imprinted his own special brand onto one of the oldest businesses in the world--wine, women, and song.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 307 pages
  • Publisher: AM Productions (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984085505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984085507
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #959,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this more as a curiosity than anything else. Some guys (I wont say most) have wondered at one time or the other what it would be like to start their own gentlemen's club. Here's a glimpse of how it can be. Some of it I can believe but there were parts I had to shake my head at. He seemed to insinuate that most gentlemen's clubs, like vip rooms or dancers earnings were tips instead of a wage, were started by him. Maybe it was, but there are several instances of similar "ideas" that you begin to wonder "did he really think up all these ideas, for basically the way today's gentlemen's clubs are run today?" Again, maybe he did. I wasnt there so cant say definitely it didnt but, as I said, you may end up shaking your head as well.
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If you are a male and reading this, I have a question for you - what would be your ideal fantasy life? How does having a string of 'Gentlemens Clubs' and being surrounded every night by beautiful near-naked dancing ladies, earning millions of pounds/dollars, driving fancy cars, owning your own private jet and racing car sound? If that life sounds too perfect and nobody could be that lucky, then think again and welcome to Alan Markovitz's world! His true story charts how he rose to become America's most successful Gentlemen's Club entrepreneur.

But, believe it or not there are drawbacks, like being shot at not once, but twice, and still having the bullet lodged in your neck between your carotid artery and your jugular vein as the surgeons considered it too risky to remove. Or maybe having your then business partner hiring two hitmen to murder you for your share of the nightclub. Or even having to testify against the Mob!

Early Life

Alan's father was a Holocaust survivor who was liberated from Auschwitz at 16 years and as he says "Maybe that's where I get it from - pluck, perseverance, determinations, balls, a little excess now and then. How else are you going to make it in this business?" His parents wanted him to be a doctor or a lawyer, the typical young-Jewish-guy-does-well-for-himself success story but Alan had other ideas, he saw how his neighbour, Sol Milan, owned a bigger car than his parents and he owned a strip club, and from an early age Alan knew that that was what he wanted.

So, Alan went to Bartender School and, luckily for him, when Sol's regular bartender wanted weekends off he asked Alan to step in, obviously he jumped at the chance and so began his first foray into the world of the 'gentlemens clubs'.
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Interesting story of an interesting man in an interesting business. The book starts energetic and threads a narrative of smarts, skills, fortitude and seizing of the moment. Later it just becomes a bit too 'self-promotional' , the prose slips into the realm of the uninteresting and colloquial language, hence loses the edge it had at the start. Author clearly is leading a full life with some genuine risk-taking in his history.
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"There are 2,500 topless clubs in America with gross revenue exceeding $7.5 billion. Topless clubs entertain an estimated 1,000,000 customers every day and employ 350,000 workers to serve them. Topless clubs serve more alcoholic beverages (and, I would add, at a higher average price) than any other type of nightclub and are open more days and hours than any other type of nightclub. Of particular significance, topless clubs pay more state and local taxes than any other type of nightclub and receive less corporate branding than any other type of nightclub."

These are just some of the surprising facts that the author, Alan Markovitz, shares about his life as the owner/operator of the #1 rated topless club in the United States. Markovitz grew up in Detroit, the child of a Holocaust survivor. When he finished high school, he was at loose ends. He was accepted and tested to be a figher pilot for the Israeli air force, but ultimately declined. He went to college in premed, then later business, but again just wasn't satisfied. He started working at a topless nightclub, and immediately saw the business opportunity that hadn't been exploited there.

When Markovitz started out, most topless nightclubs were lower class establishments, with the typical clientele being biker or other gangs, or blue-collar workers. He saw that there was a niche not being filled. There was room for an upscale club that would cater to businessmen and professionals. This is the type of club he started, along with his father and an older man in the business as partners. His vision was correct, and it led to a lifetime in the business, multiple clubs, and wealth.
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I liked the fact he respects and admires his father I would suggest this book to any former dancer or some who wants a very good read
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Good book
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This is a very entertaining memoir and it truly shines when the author relates stories about growing up and his family. Even though some might find the subject matter a little difficult, I really think that memoir fans will have a tough time putting this book down. This is a fascinating story about a person's drive to become successful and what it took to get there.

Mr. Markovitz's personality really comes through and come across as a very dynamic individual. Keep and open mind and try this book, as I did read it straight through. There is a lot of drama here too.
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