Here's a trick to play on your kids. They have to be young enough to not understand how a REMOTE works though. Someone uploaded a video of their toddler pausing and un-pausing the TV with a toy magic wand.
And obviously someone's just standing in the background with the remote. But the kid REALLY seems to think he has magic powers. (Search for "You're a Wizard - More Cars Please." Don't miss the look on his face at :05.)