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‘Improv Everywhere’ | The Art of Collective Street Pranks

I guess I’d consider myself a spontaneous person, but the level of adrenaline and spontaneity within my personality hasn’t had the chance to be fully unleashed. I have a lot of things I plan on doing, which include the following: parasailing, base jumping, swimming with dolphins, deep sea fishing, learning to surf, exploring a cave, riding a hot air balloon, scuba diving (or snorkeling, I might forget a lot of procedures and die while scuba diving), rock climbing a treacherous cliff, and participating in a flash mob/street prank.

A lot of those activities I’d probably experience in a beautiful place like New Zealand (ah, I want to go there so bad,) but the flash mob/street pranks I could easily participate in by taking a drive up to New York. I mean seriously,  it seems like every major collective street prank takes place in NYC. Not only is it a city that is featured in most cliche romantic movies, but it’s also known for it’s collective creativity and the art of collective street pranks.

I mean it probably wouldn’t be that hard to organize a collective street prank, but Improv Everywhere has got it down to a science. The organization has been known for it’s large pranks, including the “No Pants Subway Ride.” Now I don’t think I could ever have shown off my cakes in a prank like that, but I still think it’s cool how they organize these massive pranks. It’s sort of like a piece of art, exception it’s art in motion instead of something motionless.

The collective, which was started in 2000 by Charlie Todd, has successfully pulled off a lot of massive pranks. They’ve become known internationally for “Causing Scenes,” and the exposure they have created has inspired a new documentary that takes a behind the scenes look at the art of causing scenes. The documentary focuses on Improv Everywhere and the mission behind it. It’s currently in the process of being filmed, but they still need to raise money to successfully pull it off. In order to raise money for the film, which is slated to be released in early 2013, the crew and cast are urging people to donate via kickstarter.

Kickstarter.com has become a great way for many films and projects to raise money in order to finance their projects. Hopefully Improv Everywhere can raise enough money to actually make this film a reality. But with the future of this film being so uncertain at the moment, the crew has released a teaser trailer of what is to come. If they raise enough money, then this teaser trailer can actually turn into a feature-length reality. So be sure to support the cause and click here to donate.

If you’ve always wondered how they pull off those major street pranks, then you don’t want to miss the chance to make this film a reality. Support the cause, because it’s very cool to see Improv Everywhere & their slogan “We Cause Scenes” in action.

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