Matchmakers Stage ‘Blind’ Date Experiment


Mike Taliercio and Elizabeth Marsden decided to try something different this Valentine’s Day, 10TV’s Andrea Cambern reported on Tuesday.

The two met for a blind date at an Upper Arlington restaurant as part of an experiment set up by professional matchmakers trying to test a theory – that people dismiss potential dates based on the way a person looks.

Taliercio and Marsden were blindfolded for their blind date.

“It sounded like it was a fun idea, something different,” Taliercio said.

Susie Hardesty and Elizabeth Cobey-Piper, owners of Dating Directions, said that they wanted to know if clients put too much emphasis on looks, so they matched Taliercio and Marsden on what they called the Ultimate Blind Date.

“Attraction is so much more. Attraction is connection,” Cobey-Piper said.

Cobey-Piper said that she asked the couple to evaluate the date at the end.

“I’m a little bit hard of hearing, so not being able to see her talking, see her facial expression, I’m not getting as much,” Taliercio said.

Marsden said that she was surprised.

“I had no idea how much I go off body language and mannerisms and reactions to what you’re saying,” Marsden said.

When dessert arrived, the couple was allowed to remove the blindfolds.

Cobey-Piper said that the experiment allowed the couple to look at other aspects of a person.

“They’re really looking at what the character of a person is like,” Cobey-Piper said. “Is this someone that I can build a life with? Is this someone who will make a good father or mother for my children?”

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