A group of experts demonstrates how to do a skateboard trick and survive being bitten by a venomous snake.
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Welcome to the world of epic.
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.
So sit back,
strap yourself in and get ready to become epic at everything.
Welcome to your total random fix of epic-ness.
We've got an amazing line-up of experts, hot shots
and all-round dudes
with the low-down on how you can do what they can do.
In just 15 minutes, you will know how to shuffle cards like a pro,
trick your mate's mind, make your parents look cool,
survive in the wild, shoot a basketball three-pointer,
and this kid shows you how to deal with a venomous snakebite.
But, before all that, we need to get our skateboard wheels
in motion with your first taste of epic-osity.
Skating is one of the coolest things ever.
There are loads of tricks to master.
But if you want to learn the basics, you should kick off with this -
the legendary ollie.
Hi, I'm Georgie Winter.
Today I'm going to teach you how to pop an ollie on a skateboard.
Georgie Winter is currently ranked fifth
in the UK female skateboarders.
So she definitely knows how to pop the most perfect of ollies.
Right, Georgie, let's do this.
First, get yourself into a comfortable ollie position
which is your back foot on the tail of the board
and your front foot flat across the board,
an inch or so behind the front bolts.
OK, Georgie, we know where to plant our feet,
but what do we do with them?
Crouch down, making sure your weight
is distributed evenly between both feet.
After you've got that, jump off your back foot.
Jump hard and fast so the tail hits the floor
and bounces up into the air.
This is called the pop.
OK, we're popping to perfection,
but we need to get really airborne to be cool. How's it done?
Immediately after you've jumped, slide your front foot
up the grip tape towards the nose of the board.
This allows the board to level out and bring height to your jump.
Get the front foot slide right
and that's when you'll start hitting some off-the-ground height.
But there's one last thing to know if you want to get higher.
Then bring both knees up to your chest -
this allows the board to rise and level out - and then land it.
OK, major rewind required.
First up, pop the board by stepping down hard on the tail.
Next, slide your front foot to the end of the board
to allow it to level out in the air.
Finally, bring your knees up to your chest to let the board gain height.
It's a tricky one,
but before you know it, you'll be ollieing like a pro.
And that is how you pop an ollie.
So, think you're epic already? Then chill your boots,
we've got a full-on epic-a-rama coming your way.
If you play your cards right, you'll be able to shuffle like a pro.
Hi, I'm Ben, I'm a magician
and I'm going to show you how to shuffle a deck of cards.
Ben Hanlin is a card-carrying legend. Watch and learn.
Firstly, you have to separate the deck into two halves.
And we call this "riffling".
Now, hold the cards with your thumb on the top
and two or three fingers on the bottom.
With your index fingers, push the backs of the cards.
Now, with your thumbs, release the pressure slowly
so that you release one card at a time.
When you get good, you can do it quicker.
Now, place your four fingers on the bottom of the deck
and grip them tightly, and place your thumbs on the top.
Now bring the knuckles of your fingers together.
Now slowly open your fingers and, as do, the cards will cascade.
Is that as fast as it gets?
When you've put all that together, it should look like this.
OK. That's pretty fast.
And that's how you shuffle a deck of cards like a pro.
Thanks, Ben, that was magical.
Well, not literally, but you know what I mean.
So from card shuffling to tricking someone's mind.
Want to know the secret? Obviously.
Hi, I'm Chris Cox
and I'm going to show you how to trick your mate's brain.
Chris has sold out gigs at the Edinburgh Festival,
has comedy eyebrows and cool card skills.
To do this trick, you need a mate and mine is Bobby Lockwood,
-who plays Rhydian in CBBC's Wolfblood. Say hello.
Bobby Lockwood just said hi to me!
I'm going to show you a pendulum trick.
-This trick works because of the ideomotor response...
..which is a psychological phenomenon
which makes us do stuff without really knowing it.
Easy for you to say.
You need to make a pendulum -
something heavy on the end of a piece of string will do. Like a ring.
Get your friend to hold the pendulum
between their index finger and their thumb. That would be you.
Keep your arm nice and straight. You're going to not move your arm,
but you're going to imagine a wind coming through this room,
which blows this pendulum side to side, left to right.
Start to imagine that wind and don't move your arm. There it goes!
-Are you moving your arm?
Imagine the wind getting faster as it spins around.
It makes the ring spin and the pendulum spin
and it gets faster and faster. It's pretty amazing, isn't it?
-Do you want me to tell you how it's done?
-Go on, then.
-The secret is the ideomotor response...
..which is basically our brains sending signals
to various muscles in our body without us knowing it.
In this instance, it's sending a message to the muscles in your hand
to gently and slowly move, which allows the pendulum to swing.
But you have no idea it's happening. It's all in your unconscious mind.
Ah! So the ideomotor response
is when the brain tells the body what to do without you realising it.
And that is how to trick your mate's brain.
Your epic flag is nearing half-mast.
To pull it proudly to the top,
we have this bundle of brilliance to come.
This fashionable female helps your parents out with these.
I introduced my dad
and now I can finally walk down the street with him.
This wild man shows us how to build one of those.
Perfect timing, starting to rain, I'm getting in.
This sizzling sportsman shows you how to do this.
But, first, this kid shows you how to survive a venomous snakebite.
Snakes are epic.
Around a fifth of them have a venomous bite,
including one type found in the UK, the adder.
Snake bites are unlikely.
There are roughly 100 reported cases a year in the UK.
But what would happen if it happened to you? Picture the scene.
Your mate is handing out some jelly snake sweets.
Your friends each take one and then it's your turn.
But your jelly snake turns out to be a real venomous cobra.
And it's very angry.
So what do you do if you get bitten by a snake?
We found a biologist, with very spiky hair,
who knows exactly what to do.
Hi, I'm Blowfish.
I'm going to tell you how to deal with a venomous snakebite.
Let's hope you don't get bitten yourself, Blowfish.
So, what's first?
If you're walking where there are known to be venomous snakes,
wear long trousers and a decent pair of boots.
It'll help minimise the impact from any snake bite.
OK, got that, so skirts are out. Gutted really!
If you hear a deep hissing noise, stay very, very still.
It means you're close to a snake and he's not happy with you.
But, if you wait, he will eventually go away.
Venom is very, very valuable
and he doesn't want to waste it on the likes of you.
What do you mean, waste it on the likes of us?
We'll try not to be too offended.
If you do get bitten, keep very, very calm.
If you panic, your blood pressure will increase
and you'll get the venom moving quickly round your body
and that's not good.
Yes, I'm calm, I'm calm.
I've just been bitten by a snake, but I'm very calm.
A correct identification of the right type of snake
means you can get the right type of anti-venom
and that can make a big difference when it comes to saving your life.
It's even better if you can get a picture of the snake,
though it's probably not the best time to be posing.
Try and clean the wound with anything you can. Even a tissue will do.
Hold the wound below the level of the heart.
It will help reduce the flow of venom around your body.
Get to hospital as soon as you can and seek medical attention
and everything should be OK.
Yep, when you say it that way, it sounds, er, dead easy.
And that's how you deal with a venomous snake bite.
I think your friend might be getting a bit peckish, though.
We're out of there and on to something completely different.
Ever had your parents pick you up from the school disco
and really embarrass you, because they're dressed like retro aliens?
Well worry ye not, as this fashionista can help.
Hi, I'm Ayishat, fashion stylist
to some of your favourite music artists.
Today I'm going to show you how to make your parents look cool.
This is Ayishat Akanbi, stylish stylist of stars
such as Labrinth,
And now she's going to help you style your parents. Get to it.
Have you noticed how your dad's trousers sometimes can remind
-you of that of a clown?
-Not so cool.
These are cooler. I introduced my dad
and now I can finally walk down the street with him.
-Do it today.
-Consider it done.
Next up is cool kicks. What's cooler than cool trainers?
So why are our parents still wearing pairs like these?
I think we need to get rid of it.
How about introducing your folks to some cool pairs like these?
Bad trainers gone, cool ones in. Got it.
A lot of our parents wear glasses. This I have no qualms with.
But why do they wear glasses they were wearing when they were our age?
Why not introduce your folks to a geek-chic pair like these?
-I think they look pretty cool.
-Geek and chic. Cool.
And, finally, sometimes parents try a little bit too hard
and start dressing like...like us.
So if your mum's wearing a crop top, short shorts
-and backwards baseball cap...
-Which she does.
-..this is an absolute no.
Instead, your mum should be wearing something like dark denim jeans,
ankle boots, and top it off with a cool trilby.
And this, my friends, is how to make your parents look cool.
Now if they can have a personality transplant,
I could hang out with parents happily!
I'm not sure I could survive in the wild with them,
unless I had this man's assistance.
Hi, I'm Paul "Chalky" White
and I'm here to show you how to build the perfect shelter.
This is Paul White, a survival expert.
He's had 24 years of military experience.
You name it, he's survived it.
The first thing we need to do is to gather wood.
Wood is the most important tool for the shelter itself.
The wood will make the frame
and the other materials will make the insulation.
Let's go, let's try to find wood for our shelter.
Chalky's on the look-out for three logs -
two Y-shaped and one really long one
to make the frame of his shelter.
There's a smashing log down there. This is what I'm going to be using.
These will be at the front of the shelter
and we're going to interlock them. Nicely interlocked.
Main beam will go up and sit on top.
And that's the frame up and ready to go.
What we need to look for now is some smaller boughs
and this will go on to the shelter to act like a rib cage.
They're just going to get dug into the ground...
-As we start to build the frame, we snap them off.
-What a man.
And soon, it should look like this.
Nice and solid, so they're not going to move.
All we are going to do now is to make these gaps smaller
and we'll do that by putting in smaller twigs.
These are the twigs we've collected.
-This is the coolest shelter I've ever seen!
-The frame is done.
The holes are smaller now,
which means I just fill the leaf litter on top
and, very quickly, I can get a good thermal barrier above me.
Ah, the piece de resistance - the leaves.
And there we have it, the perfect shelter,
perfect timing, starting to rain, I'm getting in.
You get yourself nice and dry. Cheers, Chalky.
Time for one last dose of epic-ness
and this next one is worth three points.
This is Terry. All right Terry?
And he has represented Great Britain's wheelchair basketball team
in a massive four Paralympic Games. Yes, four.
I'm Terry Bywater. I play wheelchair basketball for Great Britain
and I'm going to show you how to shoot a three-pointer.
In case you don't know, a three-pointer is when
you shoot from behind that line and get the ball in like that.
-My first hit would be to feel comfortable with the ball.
Get one hand behind, the other one to support it.
You want to be lined up to the basket and you've got to remember
that if you're in a wheelchair, your body can't cross the line.
No crossing the line. Still with you, Terry.
When you're about to shoot, you want to put your hand in the air.
You want to snap your wrist
and follow through and reach into the basket.
You want to shoot the ball with an arc high in the air,
so it goes up and down to the basket.
So, shoot with an arc,
aim high into the air,
follow through and three points in the bag.
-And that is how you shoot a three-pointer.
I'm off to shoot some hoops.
Right, that brings us to the end
of 15 minutes of total random epic-ness.
You should now be able to try this
and even that. Now go forth and be epic
If you want to be really epic, head on over to the CBBC website,
where you can watch all the videos again and again and again.
So you can truly master your epic-ness.
Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd
An amazing line-up of experts demonstrates how to do a skateboard trick, shuffle cards, trick someone's mind, style your parents, score a three-pointer, make the perfect shelter and survive being bitten by a venomous snake.