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)
#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.
#3) By Doing A Short Magic Routine, I Perform In The Taxi
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)
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?
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.
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!
The Ultimate Taxi
- (50 days)