Founder: Dan Newman and Larry Newman
Date Established: March 31, 1995
Date Closed: June 17, 1997
Number of Locations: 1
Dan Newman - Co-Founder
Larry Newman - Co-Founder
First Facility: The location, known as Phaser Fun, was located at 2100 South 1130 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Equipment: The Phaser Fun equipment was a fiber optic based system complete with battery belt and headset. The Phaser Fun system was a pioneer for the fiber optic side of the laser tag industry.
History: In a phone interview on June 19, 2012 with the Laser Tag Museum, former president Dan Newman reminisced about the beginnings of Phaser Fun and the story that came with it. Ironically this interview took place just 2 days after the 15-year anniversary of the day Phaser Fun closed its doors.
In 1994, Dan and his brother Larry played a game of Photon laser tag in Sandy, Utah and it was an amazing experience. They were inspired to build and run their own laser tag manufacturing company.
Dan and Larry hired a plastics company out of Toole, Utah to manufacture their equipment.
In a phone interview on June 21, 2012, Larry Newman discussed with the Laser Tag Museum the reason on why he chose to use a modulated laser beam for data transfer. He felt it was more precise and accurate for the competitive player. He acknowledged the difficulties in pioneering a system but reflects on the Phaser Fun days as extremely enjoyable.
They opened their first facility in 1995 and actually used one of the Photon gun racks to hold the equipment. The Newman brothers were ecstatic about their idea. Although, their equipment took substantial abuse from the players and ultimately they were forced to close down their operation on June 17, 1997.