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    The Giz Wiz Show 1702, November 23rd 2018 Independent Show #185

    The Giz Wiz Show is far into it's 13th year of production, and the fourth year of Independent Production! (The very first show was February 20th, 2006.) Thanks to our wonderful Patreon supporters we continue on! If it wasn't for them, the Giz Wiz Show would be gone. If you'd like to support OMGchad & DickDe in our independent venture (we pay for everything ourselves, including travel) just click the Patreon link at the top of our show web page: You can also contribute just once via the PayPal link that's there too. And thank you for doing that! Our show wouldn't exist without our viewer's support, but a bit more support would be a big help. Thanks from OMGchad & DickDe!)

    This week we check out three more toys that might for a more fun holiday or gift consideration.

    Fun for the whole family with Reindeer Ring Toss Game. 

    When I saw this game on Amazon I thought it looked like a great fun game for family fun on the holidays. Something to get everybody - kids and adults involved. I ordered a set of two, and I paid about $11.00. First, here's what Amazon says about them: Let's play Christmas Reindeer games! You throw 2 red and 2 green round rings onto the large Reindeer Antlers on your friend's head!Take turns wearing the antlers and make your own games. Great fun for your holiday party. It's funny and fun to play. Buy several and give them as party favors or Stocking Stuffers! – Well, you'll have to have this week's show to see the quality of these reindeer games. They're cheaply made and as you'll see by the reviews often don't inflate and sometimes have leaks in them. But through it all, most people said they still had fun. I did too as you'll see in the video. They don't seem to hold air which makes them look goofy on your head, but you can still play ring toss even if not totally inflated. It actually seems to make it funnier. Be sure to buy a 2-pack since the quality of the product is so low.  

    Giz Wiz Video:    

    Amazon at $9.89 (on 11/24/18)  for two sets. (But prices can changed at any time!)

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    Build your own HEXBUG VEX Balancing Boxing Bots 

    Step into the ring and immerse yourself in STEM action, assembling the VEX Balancing Boxer 2-Pack by HEXBUG.

    From the company: Compatible with the (free) VEX Pilot App. 615+ snap together pieces make 2 Boxing Bots. Ages 8 years and up. Made from snap-together pieces, these “smart-tech” self-stabilizing fighters are ready to throw down. Using VEX Pilot App., you and a friend can control the robots' every action. Deliver swift uppercuts and jabs to your opponent! Put your skills to the test as you take on a friend as they wield their very own Boxing Bot. Maneuver your player to achieve the winning hit, and become the champion. Twelve AA batteries are required for the robot brain. Batteries not included. The 2 Boxing Bot Kit is $149.99.

    No reviews yet as the product is new. Price was of a 11/24/18


    Giz Wiz Video:

    Amazon: pack $149.99. A single boxing bot is available for $89.99 but he only comes with a cardboard boxing bot to play against.

    Don't need the tech version? Here's Mattel's Old Fashioned Rock 'Em Sock 'Em game under $15 

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    Kids can pretend play with the Creative Cafe Barista Bar 

    From the company: With the Creative Café Barista Bar you can be a future barista! Create endless latte looks with just milk. Make yummy chocolate or strawberry drinks with real foamy froth on top. It's super easy with this professional style machine - just put in the powder, mix with milk, turn on the frother and you're making drinks like a professional barista! It's like a real milk steamer without the heat - kid safe! Top it off with your own latte art. Choose from the stencils and create lots of patterns. You can even expand your menu with tips and tricks from the recipe cards. Includes Frothing Unit, Frothing Pitcher, 3 stencils, 2 shaker bottles, 2 spoons, 4 paper cups, chocolate and strawberry flavor mixes and 4 recipe and tip cards. MSRP is $29.99, but it's on sale for under $18.00. Don't go to Amazon for this, it was way higher there on 11/21/18

    Giz Wiz Video:

    Company :30 spot --- makes it look more exciting

    Target:  About $18 --- About $18 at Walmart too. It's more expensive at Amazon. (Prices as of 11/22/18)

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    Chad 4th gadget for his new 'crappy corner' theme for November.

    Chad polled our loyal Patreon members and asked them to vote on his 'cheap gadget theme' for November. The winner was “Cheap Breakfast Gadgets”!

    Chad's 4th gadget is Flipping Fantastic!Here's some of what Amazon says about it: Flips multiple pancakes at the same time and without the mess. Just place in preheated pan add batter and let them brown then simply lift and flip. Food grade silicone. Fast, easy and fun way to make perfect pancakes every time!


    And Chad's take:This was one heck of a labor intensive gadget. Not only that, Chad had to buy two additional frying pans to find one that Flipping Fantastic would fit. And then he made a couple of batches of really horrible looking pancakes. Chad's verdict? It's 'flipping horrible!” Watch this week's show to see a full demo of this 'As Seen On TV' product! And then watch him make perfect round pancakes without any device!


    It looks like Chad paid more than you can buy it for now. Here's one for under $5 with free shipping for Amazon Prime members.  (Price can change at any time.)


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    Dick's Gadget Warehouse & How to Submit Your Viewer Video.

    This week's viewer video is from our most frequent contributer Mo Torres. His video shows his solution to problem he's had for a long time - being able to issue a voice command to: "play the Giz Wiz".

    Here's his email:

    Hey Dick & Chad

    Hi, finally got a solution to my amazon show problem / issue.



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    We’d love to include your video in an upcoming Giz Wiz Show, so here's what we're looking for! Your home shot video – 2 to 3 minutes long, in any of the following categories:

    I bought a piece of crap: Did you buy something you ended up hating? We won't get you a refund, but we might be able to give a platform to vent your disappointment. Remember, "family friendly" language applies.


    I invented this! Did you invent something? (Or did a friend or relative invent something.) We can't market it for you, but we can help get the word out. Show us what it is, and how it works. Even if it's a prototype, you can get our (and the audience) reactions. No professional ads please.


    My Gadget Warehouse: Okay, so you don't have a warehouse. It doesn't matter. Just tell us about your favorite old gadget(s). When and where you bought it, and why you're still hanging on to it.


    My Favorite Gadget (favorite old, or favorite new): Show us what it is, tell us what it does and why you love, or loved it! It can be a new gadget you just bought too.


    Post them on YouTube and send us the link! We'll do the rest. (Or possibly nothing, but that's unlikely.) Remember, videos should be just 2 to 3 minutes long! Low production value is fine, but we should be able to hear you and see you! If we select and show your video on The Giz Wiz you’ll earn a tiny amount of fame (hopefully). And if you live in the US, you'll also get an autographed 35-year-old Alfred E. Neuman picture and a MAD surprise (most likely the current issue of MAD.) But no matter where you live, I canemail an autographed to you Alfred E. Neuman photo if we show your video. Just print it out, frame it, or just hang it up and no one will know it's a copy. We've tested it out and fans say they look terrific!


    All show submissions go to




    We play 'What The Heck Is It? with the photo in this Letter of the week. Don't read any further if you want to take a guess. The answer is the bottom of the letter.


    Hi DickDe,

    The business was a toaster museum and is now a breakfast/lunch cafe complete with all the antique toasters and coffee pots. The business name is Toastworks, 5th Ave., Stewart, BC Canada. Many of these businesses close by late September and reopen in May.

    The cylinder houses an electric heater. The ball at the top is on the end of a skewer and the metal cap is also attached to it. The appliance is about 18” tall and the roasting chamber is about 4-5” in diameter. Plug it in, stick one wiener onto the skewer and lower it into the cylinder and roast until done. There is a 2” hole in the bottom of the cylinder to presumable allow any drippings to fall onto a saucer placed under the appliance. I don’t know how one would otherwise clean this thing. Since you could cook only 1 hot dog at a time, I doubt this was a big seller.

    And here's what it is ---------------------------------

     John Zinn, Burkburnett, TX