Episode 2 How to Be Epic @ Everything


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Episode 2

An amazing line-up of experts demonstrate how to play rock guitar, spin a basketball, tap dance, do a magic trick, groom a horse, skim a stone and survive on Mars.


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Welcome to the world of Epic.

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The place where you can become a master at everything on the planet.

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No matter what it is, this programme shows you how to do it.

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So, sit back, strap yourself in

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and get ready to become epic at everything!

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Welcome to your total random fix of epicness.

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We've got an amazing line-up of experts,

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hotshots and all-round dudes

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with the low-down on how you can do what they can do.

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In just 15 minutes, you will know how to tap-dance,

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skim stones, spin a basketball,

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make a coin disappear,

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groom a horse - and this kid will show you how to survive on Mars.

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But before all that, it's time for your first course

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from the buffet of epicness.

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Do you want to know how to be an amazing guitarist?

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Then check this out.

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Playing rock guitar is most definitely epic,

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and looks super cool. We've got one of the world's fastest guitarists

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to show you how to rock!

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Hey, I'm Herman Li, guitarist of the band Dragonforce,

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and this is how to be epic on the rock guitar.

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Rock on, man!

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To really rock, you need an electric guitar and an amplifier.

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First, let's get the right height on the guitar strap.

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You don't want the strap too high - you want it around waist-height,

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so we can really rock out.

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Right, we've got the kit - we're ready to rock!

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-But how do you play?

-Let's start with playing an epic A minor chord.

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-Ooh!

-With your index finger,

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press on the top string here, on the fifth fret.

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The frets are the lines across the neck.

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And two frets down, on the string below,

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use your ring finger and press it down.

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To hold the pick in your right hand,

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you use your index finger and your thumb.

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Strum down on the two strings of the frets which you're holding.

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To play a basic rock chord, you put your index finger on the top string,

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and then your ring finger two frets up.

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-CHORD PLAYS

-Et voila - a rock sound!

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Once you're comfortable with this, you can move your fingers up and

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down the neck to play all different kind of chords - look at this.

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HE PLAYS CHORDS

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With enough practice, using the same chords,

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you can do something like this.

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HE PLAYS RIFF

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Now, that's how you become epic on the rock guitar.

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Cheers, mate!

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Right, that's your first slab of epicness over and done with.

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So, onto the next, and this one is going to make you look

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totally cool on the basketball court!

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And we've got a four-time Paralympian from Team GB

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to show you how to do it.

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I'm Terry Bywater. I play wheelchair basketball for Great Britain,

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and this is how to spin a ball on your finger.

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-Epic!

-Firstly, find a comfortable way to hold the ball -

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I have two hands on either side, like this -

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-to spin...

-OK - that looks easy enough.

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The faster the ball spins, the easier it is to land on your finger.

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When the ball's spinning, allow the ball to find your finger.

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Keep your finger really steady, and this will keep the ball rotating.

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Still sounds easy...

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To keep the ball spinning,

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you just need to keep tapping the side of the ball.

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With a bit of practice, you're going to be able

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to spin the ball for as long as you like.

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And that's how to spin a basketball on your finger.

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If you thought that was epic, then wait for this - it's tap-dancing,

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which is definitely a lot more epic than dancing...

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with a tap.

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We've got CBBC's very own tap diva Naomi Wilkinson

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to show you how to do it.

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Hi. I'm Naomi Wilkinson, and I'm going to teach you

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how to...tap-dance!

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To begin with, you're going to need a pair of tap shoes,

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and obviously a hard floor so you can hear your taps.

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Tap shoes are made with metal plates on the toes and heels,

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so they make sounds as they hit the floor.

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Hard floor and noisy footwear - got it.

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So let's...get moving!

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I'm going to show you how to do a shuffle ball change.

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Shu...ffle...ball...change.

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A shuffle is simply two taps - a simple forwards

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and backwards tap, all using the front, or the ball,

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of your foot - like this.

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Shu-ffle.

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Once you've got the hang of the shuffle,

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you can move onto the ball change - again, it's just making

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two very simple sounds, the first one with the ball of your right foot,

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slightly behind... TAP

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Then the ball of the left foot... TAP

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Ball change!

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Now, put those two moves together.

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Shu...ffle...ball...change.

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Shu...ffle...ball...change.

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Once you've got the hang of that, speed it up!

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Shu...ffle...ball...change. Shu...ffle...ball...change.

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Shu...ffle...ball...change!

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Or...super fast!

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-FAST TAP SOUNDS

-Show off!

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Hold up! Let's see that again!

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Create the shuffle by swinging the lower half of your leg

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forward then backwards - shu...ffle.

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Then simply tap with the ball of your right foot,

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and the same again with a change of foot.

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Ball...change! Easy!

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That is how you tap-dance!

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Thanks, Naomi, you dancing diva!

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Hold tight, friends - there's a whole load more epicness on its way,

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because there's all this lot to come...

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This girl shows you how to make a horse look pretty.

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You can start at the top, and just work your way down.

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-This guy tells you how to make a coin disappear.

-It goes.

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And this dude shows you how to do this.

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That's how you skim a stone like a world champion.

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Up first, fancy going somewhere epic for your holidays?

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This kid is going to show you somewhere truly out of this world.

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Mars, the fourth planet from the sun.

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It's Earth's nearest neighbour, but no human has ever set foot

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on the Red Planet.

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How would you survive if you were the first?

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Think it couldn't happen? Well, picture the scene.

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You're on your way to school, but really not paying attention.

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You walk straight past the bus stop

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and accidentally board a rocket, destination Mars!

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Aaargh!

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You're going to need to brush up on your Martian survival skills,

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and we've got just the fella to help.

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Hi, my name's Lewis, and I'm going to tell you how to survive on Mars.

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Meet Lewis Dartnell.

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He is a doctor in astrobiology and an expert in working out

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if life can survive on Mars.

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So what should we know if we take a trip

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to the fourth rock from the sun?

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My top tip for you is to remember to wear a spacesuit

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with an oxygen supply, because there's no oxygen in the air,

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so if you take off your helmet,

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you won't survive more than about 30 seconds.

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Good safety tip, Lewis, but there's also another reason

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why that helmet needs to stay in place, right?

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It's so cold on Mars.

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The average temperature is about -55, so without a helmet,

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your head would essentially freeze-dry,

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which would be like going from this fresh strawberry to this one here.

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-Which would be bad.

-Yes, that would be bad.

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So, wrap up warm and helmet on at all times. What next?

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Take some water with you, because Mars is drier than any desert

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on Earth, and to make your stocks last,

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you'll have to drink your own recycled sweat and urine.

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SLURPING

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Hey! This doesn't taste like tea! And let that be a warning.

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You should never drink your own wee-wee juice. Ever!

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Finally, the radiation from the sun and outer space is much higher

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on Mars than it is on Earth, and this can be really bad for your health.

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The best option

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is to bury your house as a bunker

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underground, with an airlock door.

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Oh, great(!) You've come all this way and you'll be living

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-in the same sort of place you'd find a mole.

-Oh!

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And so that was how to survive on Mars.

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Thanks, Lewis. I think I'll stick to a fortnight in Bognor instead.

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From Mars to magic,

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here's an epic trick that will win you loads of playground points.

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I'm Ben, I'm a magician and I'm going to show you a cool magic trick

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-on how to make a coin disappear.

-Sounds good, magic man.

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Shazam!

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I'm going to try and make this coin disappear.

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Check this out, look.

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If I rub on my elbow, it should disappear. Look.

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Oh, no, that didn't work. Let's give it another go. Watch.

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Nice start, Ben(!)

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Awk-ward!

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It goes.

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Er, it's in your other hand.

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-What, there?

-Yeah.

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-No, that's gone as well.

-Ooh, now, that is pretty impressive stuff.

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OK, Johnny Magic Pants, tell us how it's done.

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You're going to take the coin and you're going to rub it up against

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your elbow with your fingers covering it.

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And you're going to let go...

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Awkward, again.

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The coin will fall on the table, but that's OK.

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That's a deliberate fail.

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Yeah, we knew that.

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The next bit is sneaky and it's where the trick happens.

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As I go to put this coin into this hand,

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I keep it in this hand.

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-And then I close this hand as if it has got the coin in.

-Smooth.

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Finally, you need to make this coin disappear.

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As I pretend to rub it on the elbow,

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the hand with the coin in

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puts it down your shirt.

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Whoa. Next-level stuff.

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Nobody will ever see you do it,

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because they're too busy watching this hand.

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Then, slowly, let go.

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People will be amazed because the coin's gone,

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and some people will start to question this hand that is closed.

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This is when you've really got 'em,

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because you can open it and show them they're wrong.

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Love it!

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And that is how to do a cool coin trick.

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Right, can anyone lend me a spare coin? I'm skint.

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Next up on our epic journey is something completely different.

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If you like grooming and horses, then you're in luck.

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Hi, I'm Gemma.

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This is Dillis, and I'm going to show you how to groom a horse.

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Meet Gemma Wright, show-jumper and lover of all things horsey.

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She's here to show you the yeas and even the NEIGHS

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when it comes to horse-grooming.

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First, I'll show you how to pick out his feet. This must be done

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every day, and definitely before you ride

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and after you ride. Now, always work

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heel-to-toe in a downwards motion.

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This you can be quite firm with

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because he doesn't have feeling here,

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but this V-shape, called the frog, you have to be rather sensitive with.

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I always turn the hoof pick around and use the brush.

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Next, we're going to brush him.

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You'd normally start behind the horse's ears,

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in a downward motion, in the same direction as the coat.

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You can use this brush down his legs,

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and under his belly.

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This area is quite ticklish, normally, for them.

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To brush the horse's mane you can use a wide-tooth metal or plastic

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mane comb, and it's just like brushing your own hair, really.

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You can start at the top and just work your way down.

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You can also do his forelock with the same comb.

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Right, it's important when you're doing the tail

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to always stand at the side, in case

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he jumps and accidentally treads on you or, worse, kicks you.

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OK, so it's just like brushing your own hair.

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I always hold quite a big chunk in my left hand and then just

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let a little bit out, little bit more...until you're all done.

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And that's how you groom a horse.

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Unfortunately, we've only got time for one last dose of epicness,

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but for this we've got you a world champion from a very unlikely sport.

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I'm Dougie Isaacs

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and I'm going to shake you how to skim stones like a world champion.

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Dougie, you're my new hero.

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We all know everyone loves stone-skimming, but you might not

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know that there's a world championship held yearly in Scotland

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for it. Some winners can skim their stones over 50 metres!

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The main thing about stone-skimming

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is to get a nice round, flat stone,

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-or it just won't skim properly.

-That is a flat stone.

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Grip the stone with your thumb and your forefinger,

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so you get extra spin when you throw it.

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I like to use a stone with a little ridge on it, so as you're

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throwing it, you get a little bit of extra spin off your finger.

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When you're throwing the stone into the water you have to get it

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as flat as you possibly can, and I think about knee-height is best.

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So when you put all your little tips together, it should go like this.

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Let's rewind. Get a flat stone with a ridge for extra spin,

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find a river - a snowy one is optional -

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and throw it at knee-height for maximum distance.

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Dougie, that's gone miles! You are cooler than the river around you.

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And that's how you skim a stone like a world champion.

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Thanks, Dougie.

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Right, that brings us to the end of 15 minutes

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of totally random epicness.

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You should now be able to do this...

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and this...

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and even that.

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Now go forth and be epic at everything!

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If you want to be really epic then head on over to the CBBC website,

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where you can watch all the videos again, and again,

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and again. So you can truly master your epicness.

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Epiiiii-iiii-iiiiiic!

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