As Seen on TV: The classic Clapper withstands the test of time

The product:

The Clapper
The price: $24.95 plus $6.95 shipping and handling for a total of $31.98.
The claims: It turns up to two plug-in lights or equipment on and off with claps.
The Buy-o-meter rating: 3 on a scale of 5

It's great fun to watch the old Clapper commercial. Perhaps nostalgia is overpowering with this classic TV-marketed product. It was inspirational enough to want to give one of these the once-over.

It took a little practice to understand the cadence spelled out in the instructions. When I finally got it, The Clapper delivered on its promise. The light went on and off after two rhythmic claps. You can also set it for three claps if you have a second item plugged in.

Two 5-year-olds were then challenged with clapping on and clapping off a light. One got it on the first try and was able to maintain the cadence consistently and operate The Clapper. It took the other a lot longer, but it is safe to say: Even a 5-year-old can do it.