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By Jon Barnes
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About this project

Wanna know something you wouldn't believe? That taxi is 36 years old! What's more, it's been driven up and down the streets of Aspen, CO almost every night for the past 30 years! Sadly, even though The Ultimate Taxi looks good in these photos and on video, in is no surprise that the original taxi is falling apart - it can no longer be considered safe to operate on a daily basis, and the body and frame has all but rusted away. It was, after all, built in 1978.

The Project: Building a New Taxi. Bigger, more high-tech, more amazing, to be the live-video streaming performing arts vehicle of the century!  In the process, my goal is truly to make you, and all the "riders," both on the streets and the Web, happy.

 If you decide to "climb aboard," I will make sure your return for funding involvement in this project exceeds your expectations.

What makes me truly happy is seeing the smiles on the faces of children with life threatening illnesses, as a ride in The Ultimate Taxi brings joy to their lives. Your participation in creating a new performing arts vehicle, and keeping the magic of The Ultimate Taxi alive, will bring people smiles for years to come.

Even if you don't participate in funding the creation of a new Ultimate Taxi (and I hope you do!), I want to thank you for stopping by. How?

#1) By Making You Laugh. (hopefully)

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#2) By Sharing My Photo Of Aspen Colorado. This is where you'll need to visit, if you want to catch a ride in the new creation.

Photo: Jon Barnes (and now it's yours, too) Click On Photo, For Full Screen Version (try it as your wallpaper!)
Photo: Jon Barnes (and now it's yours, too) Click On Photo, For Full Screen Version (try it as your wallpaper!)

#3) By Doing A Short Magic Routine, I Perform In The Taxi

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If you'd like to see or download photos of the old Ultimate Taxi, or if you are the press, and need images for a story, click the photo, below. (all photos can be clicked on for High Resolution Version)

Multi Beam 3D Laser Light Show In The Ultimate Taxi
Multi Beam 3D Laser Light Show In The Ultimate Taxi

 Over the years, many famous athletes, politicians, movie stars, musicians, directors and producers have ridden in and experienced The Ultimate Taxi. I wonder who will ride in the future Ultimate Taxi, the new mobile entertainment experience that you will help create?

Climb aboard for a ride you will never forget
Climb aboard for a ride you will never forget

If you support this project at the $25 level, you can send me a photo of you, wearing the limited edition Official Ultimate Taxi Rainbow Glasses I've mailed to you. Then, as soon as the new Ultimate Taxi is complete, I'll put together a funny "virtual ride" composite photo of you (or you and your friends), that I will post to Dropbox, The Ultimate Taxi's Website, as well as Aspen's Ultimate Taxi Facebook Page, Instagram and Twitter. Your friends will know that you supported this project!  

At the $200 level ($275, If you want all the swag too), I will personally send you a 3-5 minute HD Thank-You video, filmed in the new taxi. Here's what it might look like.

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Q. Have you decided what type of vehicle you will transform?

A. Not yet, as this decision may be affected by the level of funding this project receives.

Q. Will this new Ultimate Taxi have live Web streaming capabilities, with multiple cameras?

A. Absolutely! I'll bring The New Ultimate Taxi experience to you via the Internet!.

PROJECT FINANCIAL ESTIMATES

$50,000 funded minus fees = $45,000

Cost of vehicle for transformation ---------------------------- $25,000

Cost of Rewards + Shipping ------------------------------------ $10,000

Cost of stage/light/audio/music Equipment ---------------- $8,000

Cost of installation experts + shop time -------------------- $2,000 

PROJECT OUTLINE AND TIME PROJECTION

  • November: Purchase vehicle. Complete body, paint and decal work. Purchase custom SWAG Items, and begin distribution to supporters.
  • December: Purchase and install audio equipment (speakers, amps, subwoofers, mixing board, reverb effects, sampled sound effects, microphones). Purchase of musical instruments, video equipment, computer equipment, atmospheric special effects. Begin installation of upgrade to power (12v & 110v)
  • January:  Purchase and installation of Miniature Lighting Effects (strobe, disco, stage, UV, electroluminescent, fiber optics, LED, projector, etc.)
  • February: Continue lighting installation. Begin acquiring lasers and laser projectors for 3D laser show.
  •  March: Installation of laser show. Test and troubleshoot all systems. Install all virtual reality and simulation software, as well as music files into the main taxi computer.
  • April: Installation of additional exterior lighting, Begin practicing operation of all systems.
  • May: Continue rehearsals, and test rides. Demonstrate the new 21st century Taxi ride for the press and media.
  • June: Complete Project By Placing Taxi In Service. 

Risks and challenges

I do realize that I face several challenges on the way to meeting my goal, including the difficult logistics of obtaining a new vehicle, outfitting it with all necessary equipment, and training myself to operate it (not anyone can do it). Fortunately however, I already have a fully functioning (for now) prototype, which has entertained countless people over the many years it's been in service. If you think the old Ultimate taxi is cool, and I hope you do, just think of what the New Ultimate Taxi could be. As "The Cleaner" stated in Toy Story 2, "You can't rush art". http://www.youtube.com/watch…

I want you to know that failure is not an option to me. I make my living entertaining inside The Ultimate Taxi. I need to have the new Taxi finished and operational as soon as possible.

On a positive note, rewards that I ship to you (Hats, T-Shirts, Toys, Rainbow Glasses, etc.) will be dispersed soon after the project is funded, with the exception of photos and videos. Those will need to wait until the new vehicle is ready for action.

I look forward to welcoming you to the team!

Thanks,

Jon Barnes
The Ultimate Taxi
http://www.ultimatetaxi.com

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    YOU CAN'T AFFORD NOT TO BACK THIS PROJECT: I will personally make sure you enjoy your involvement in this endeavor, and I'll add your name to The Ultimate Taxi's Kickstarter Contributor's Page at http://www.ultimatetaxi.com!

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    THANKS! Your help at any level brings the 21st Century Ultimate Taxi one step closer to reality. You will receive via email, a link to download some really cool high resolution photos of the New Ultimate Taxi's progress, as well as have your name added to The Ultimate Taxi's Kickstarter Contributor's Page at ultimatetaxi.com.

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    LIMITED EDITION KICKSTARTER CONTRIBUTOR PRISMATIC ULTIMATE TAXI RAINBOW DIFFRACTION GLASSES PACKAGE:
    You'll receive 2 pair in the mail, and get some digital goodies from me, too!

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    IMMORTALITY PACKAGE:
    Be seen in The Ultimate Taxi! Email me your picture wearing the limited edition Ultimate Taxi Rainbow Glasses I send to you, and I'll paste you in the backseat, and add you to The Ultimate Taxi's Website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feed. Your friends will know you backed this project!

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    IMMORTALITY + ULTIMATE TAXI SOUVENIR PACKAGE:
    You get everything in the previous levels PLUS we ship you 10 pair of limited edition official taxi rainbow glasses and LED light-up toys, used in the taxi, and sold from the gift shop in the trunk!

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    ULTIMATE TAXI TOYS + T-SHIRT + HAT:
    Rainbow and 3D Glasses + LED Toys + Chemical Glow Sticks + A Magic Trick used in the show - Everything you would receive if you were taking a ride! In addition, you'll receive a limited addition Ultimate Taxi silk screen T-shirt, and embroidered hat!

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    UNIQUE PERSONALIZED HD VIDEO:
    I shoot and edit a 3-5 minute video, personally thanking you from the front seat of the new Ultimate Taxi, as I give you a look at all the specialized equipment I use to bring the Taxi to life. The video finishes up with a short demonstration of the new Ultimate Taxi in action. This personalized video is put up on Dropbox for you to download, as well as added to The Ultimate Taxi's Web Site, Facebook page, and Twitter account!

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    TICKET TO RIDE:
    Gift certificate good for one full-length ride in the New Ultimate Taxi, for up to six passengers. If you are planning a trip to Aspen soon, this a reward you'll never forget.

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    UNIQUE PERSONALIZED HD VIDEO + HAT + T-SHIRT + SOUVENIRS:
    You get the same video from the previous reward level, with all the goodies too!

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    ULTIMATE TAXI SWAG + A TICKET TO RIDE!
    We ship you all the swag in the above packages, Hat, T-shirt, LED toys and Glasses, PLUS a Ticket to ride with up to 4 of your friends in the new Ultimate Taxi in Aspen when it is finished. (Tickets good for 2 years after the Taxi is ready to roll, swag comes early).

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    PERSONALIZED HD VIDEO OF JON PERFORMING THE SONG OF YOUR CHOICE IN THE TAXI:
    You get all the goods, and a personalized video, but at this reward level, you send me the song of your choice, and your Thank-You video will include a personalized performance with that song.

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    ULTIMATE TAXI SWAG + A TICKET TO RIDE + LASER PROJECTOR + LED LIGHTING EFFECTS
    When I buy lighting effects for the new taxi, I'll pick up the same stuff for you. Everything you need to create the ultimate party room!

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    VIP WEEKEND IN ASPEN: AIR + LUXURY HOTEL + FINE DINING + ULTIMATE TAXI RIDE PACKAGE:
    Pack your bags for the ultimate weekend!. Package includes airfare for two from anywhere in the U.S., shuttle service to and from the airport, two nights luxury lodging in downtown Aspen, dinner for two at one of Aspen's finest restaurants, and after dinner, the Ultimate ride, in the New Ultimate Taxi you helped to make!

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    BIG WIG LEVEL:
    Let me know what you would like to receive for such a substantial level of support. Rides? Trade Show Appearances? Exec.Producer Credits On The Taxi's Web Series? Want To Shoot A Commercial Using The Taxi? Let Me Know. I'm Sure We Can Make It Work!

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