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Jishaku Dr. Toy Names Magnetic Game For Big Kids And Kids at Heart, Jishaku, Best Picks for 2008

Tampa, FL (October 13, 2008) – Dr. Toy has announced the ultimate list to increase the family’s P.Q. or play quotient, no matter what their ages (because you are never too old to have fun). Stevanne Auerbach, PhD, aka Dr. Toy, has named Jishaku™, a strategy game aimed at tweens, teens and adults, for her Best Picks For 2008 toy list.

The constant surprise element of the magnetic game guarantees everyone playing Jishaku (jee-shah-koo) will amass a high P.Q.

Jishaku is a portable strategy game like chess or checkers that can be played anywhere – in the bedroom or at the beach. But unlike chess, the element of surprise is when the magnet jumps out of position, without warning. Surprise, then laughs, follow as two or more players try to beat the force fields with strategic thinking plus careful and precise handling of the game’s magnetic stones.

The unpredictability of the game turns any get-together into a party.

“In Jishaku it matters not only where you place your stones but also how you place each one,” explains the game’s inventor, Steve Velte. “All magnets have north and south poles and a magnetic field. Study the effect your magnet has on the stones around it. It will attract some and repel others, and that’s where the fun begins. ”

Here’s how Dr. Toy described the award-winning game:

The designer of this unique game has a degree in electrical engineering and knows a lot about force fields and electronics. He’s used his science know-how to create many innovative products. This first game is based on the power of magnets to allow the force to be with you (or not!). When two or three stone magnets attract, players literally jump with surprise.

Each game comes with 18 polished magnetic stones, a storage pouch, and a novel foam insert where the force fields are teased to stay apart or jump together. The game can be played three different ways: emptying your "hand" with Roundup, Elimination or "I’m Out!” Players can also jump to the website,, for strategy tips and some very funny video clips of people of all ages experiencing the game for the first time. This game appeals to the whole family.

The Best Picks of 2008 list, created by Dr. Toy, provides the most current information for parents, grandparents and teachers on what’s new in the world of toys. The list focuses on products that utilize innovation in capturing a child’s (or child at heart) interest through play to learn, be creative and physically active.

Jishaku is the winner of numerous toy industry awards including Mr. Dad Seal of Approval, iParenting Media Award and the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval. The family-fun game retails for $19.99 and is recommended for ages 8+.

For more information, visit their website,, for strategy tips and to order the game or additional game pieces.

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