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    Saturday
    Mar232019

    Giz Wiz Show 1719 March 21, 2019 Independent Show #201

    Wow! The Giz Wiz Show started year 13 overall & our 5th year of Independent Production! (First Giz Wiz 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: http://www.gizwiz.tv. You can also contribute just once via the PayPal link that's there too. 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!

    We took a break from Toy Fair, but now we go back to see Three Final Fun Gadgets From Toy Fair 2019!

     

    According to Zing Toys “Axe Throwing Competitions” are a 'big thing'

     

    Well you don't have to worry about the danger of throwing a real axe because a new toy called Zax lets you bring all the fun of axe throwing in a safe way! A 12-inch soft foam Zax sticks to any flat surface (like walls or glass) thanks to its three uniquely designed suction cups. (Well, not all the time as you'll see as I try in the video we shot at Toy Fair. These Zaxes can be used for indoor and outdoor fun, but remember, you need a flat surface for them to stick. And I'm not sure I would just throw it at a window pane, at Toy Fair we'll were aiming at a thicker clear plastic panel. Each package contains one 12-inch tall soft foam Zax. Targets will be available separately in the future, but you don't need them to see who can get the Zax to stick more times. Recommended for Age: 4+. MSRP: $9.99 Available: May 2019

     

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/WmpXlvwpU4c

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1719 

    Friday
    Mar222019

    Dexter Hand Puppets - Ideal As A Teaching Tool

    The folks at Dexter Hand Puppets have created a new line called: “Courage Kids”. It's designed to help children understand differences in all of us! Courage Kids are a fresh look at a special needs set featuring 7 unique puppets. A beautiful ballerina with a prosthetic foot, a hearing impaired boy wearing a t-shirt signing "I love you", a girl in wheelchair, a boy with glasses, a girl with facial mark, a boy with vision impairment and a child in a hospital gown. The puppets are brightly screen printed on poly/cotton, washable and durable for use in a day care, classroom or home. Lesson tips included. Made in USA.

    As you'll see in this week's show, Dexter Educational also has a line of interesting 'occupation' pretend kits. It's a way to show children some of the many different occupations they might find an interest in as they play.

     

    The best price on the 7 piece “Courage Kids” kit was the company website as of 3/22/19 at under $20:

     

    https://dexterplay.com/collections/puppets/products/courage-kids-7-pc-multicultural-puppet-set 

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1719  

    Friday
    Mar222019

    Great Puppet Fun From Folkmanis!

    No Toy Fair coverage is complete without a stop at Folkmanis Puppets. Their puppets bring smiles and fires the imagination. This year was the introduction of a new kind of puppet for Folkmanis, a 6 foot tall, 2 person Jack Skellington puppet inspired by the Time Burton “Nightmare Before Christmas” movie. Here's what Folkmanis says about it: Easily animate the antics of this engaging Jack Skellington character puppet. Ideal for stage and puppet theater, storytelling, teaching, daycare, pre-school, pretend play, role-playing, presentations, games, collectibles, parties and gifts. It's on Amazon. MSRP: $160, but shipping should be by May 2019.

    https://amzn.to/2WbyMbh

     

    And Folkmanis continues with a companion “Night Before Christmas” inspired puppet: From Folkmanis: Enliven playtime with Zero, the ghost dog from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. The spirited canine companion of Jack Skellington, this Folkmanis® Puppet has movable mouth, light up nose and diaphanous fabric that enhances its supernatural appeal. This puppet measures 30 x 6 x 9 inches (LxWxH). About $54.

     

    https://amzn.to/2HyCKHw

     

    The video in this week's Giz Wiz show includes 30 seconds from my ABC News World News Now spot, which has Folkmanis & the Cycle Pony Unicorn featured! Thanks, ABC News!

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1719  

    Friday
    Mar222019

    Chad 3rd gadget for his 'crappy corner' theme for March.

    And that theme as voted on by our loyal Patreons is something near and dear to only a few gadget lovers --- it's Stupid & Pointless Gadgets!! Chad's Third Useless and Pointless gadget is the Witty Yeti Dehydrated Water 16oz Can.

    Yes, and it's the “New Formula! Essential Camping & Survival Supply. JUST ADD WATER TO THIS HILARIOUS PRODUCT. Make thirst disappear with our new formula that when diluted, can make up to infinite gallons of water. So practical - we couldn’t believe it wasn’t available sooner! YES, THIS IS A REAL PRODUCT featuring a 16oz steel can for long-term storage. How else would you be able to store dehydrated water? GUARANTEED TO GET LAUGHS. Any of your friends into prepping, survival or camping and hiking? We guarantee they will laugh their asses off when you give them this critical element of any preparedness strategy.

    GREAT GAG GIFT IDEA for a Dad for Father’s Day, guys who love goofy presents and pranks, or just as a surprise for a friend or loved one with a refined sense of humor.

    101-DAY 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE! We stand behind all of our products. If you’re not 100% COMPLETELY SATISFIED, just send us an email, and we promise to make it right!”

    Well, evidently people like this because it got 4.5 out 5 stars from more than 100 reviewers on Amazon.

     

    And Chad's take? Chad thought this was so-so as a gag gift. And he was careful to make sure people understood you're getting an empty can and some funny copy for your $10.99. Is it worth it? That's for you to decide! 

     

    Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2Cr34PR

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1719  

    Friday
    Mar222019

    Dick's Gadget Warehouse & How to Submit Your Viewer Video On Any Gadget!

    Since Dick's Gadget Warehouse segment is about anything to do with gadgets I thought I'd share an email and video from SquareTrade. I've purchased SquareTrade Insurance plans on at least a dozen gadgets I bought in the past year. I often wondered what the SquareTrade Labs were like, you know the place where they test things to decide how much to charge for insurance. Well their email included a video that you lets you see 1st hand the “DropBot” testing of the latest Galaxy phones!

    From: Michael Lavin PR for SquareTrade

     

    Hi Dick, On Friday, Samsung rolled out its three latest Galaxy phones – the Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10e – all ranging in sizes, features and prices. To see how these new phones handle wear and tear, leading protection plan provider, SquareTrade, put the new Galaxy range through its series of “DropBot” tests.

     

    The tests, which dropped the new devices on their fronts and backs, found that all three devices are no match for the concrete and handled drops similar to their S9 predecessors and the most recent iPhones. Although all of the phones were damaged on their first drops, the Galaxy S10 handled the tests better than the other two devices as it remained completely functional after being dropped on both its front and back.

     

    Video: https://youtu.be/9k-ef96_nys

     

    Michael Lavin Tandem Marketing Communications, Inc.

     

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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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 mail@gizwiz.tv

     

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    Letter of the week:

     

    Email from Adam Jakowenko

     

    Thought you'd be interested in this story, and who knows maybe you or one of your viewers will want to buy them!

     

    https://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/rare-at-t-videophones-from-the-1970s-go-up-for-auction-1832968162  

     

    From the Giz Wiz. The auction is over --- how much do you think they sold for?

     

    https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25259/lot/2057/  Sold for $7575.00 commission included

     

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1719