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Teen flips bottle at talent show — and the Internet loses its mind

Mike Senatore, a high school senior, has made the Internet delirious with his bottle-flipping skills at a school talent show.
/ Source: TODAY

Extraordinary human feats like the invention of the wheel, landing on the moon and creating the light bulb can now take a backseat to the sublime bottle-flipping talents of a high school senior.

Mike Senatore, a senior at Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, showed that the bottle flip is the new mic drop by successfully flipping a plastic bottle at a school talent show and watching as the Internet promptly flipped out over it.

"It's just surreal,'' Senatore told TODAY. "You just can't process it. Something I do every day just became so big. People who know me know that I flip bottles."

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Senatore, 18, has reached "Damn Daniel"-heights of Internet delirium after he brought down the house at the school's annual talent show on Tuesday with the magical skill of...flipping a water bottle and having it land right-side up on a table.

At first he had to win over a skeptical crowd at the auditions before his genius would be on display in front of the school. Alongside classmates who listed skills like dancing, singing and juggling, Senatore's was listed as "Battle Flipping," a misspelling that was supposed to be bottle flipping.

"Honestly, I thought I was gonna miss it,'' he said about his big moment. "I had practiced it all the night before. It's my only talent, so I figured I'd try it at the talent show this year and then just walk off."

It wasn't just any flip, though, with the choreography, artistry and showmanship. It was watching the Picasso of the bottle flip at work, all synced to the song "300 Violin Orchestra" by Jorge Quintero on the suggestion of a friend.

His classmates all knew about what he was going to do, which added to the suspense of whether he would land it.

"The best thing is the reaction,'' Senatore said. "I wouldn't have gotten the attention it has gotten if the senior class didn't cheer like that."

The initial video posted on Twitter by friend and classmate Wes Manning has been retweeted more than 30,000 times.

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"When I first showed Mike the video he loved it, but neither of us knew it would get this huge,'' Manning told TODAY. "I'm just happy to have been able to show everyone how awesome it was! I think people love it because of its simplicity and the sincere reaction of our students."

After nailing his attempt at greatness, Senatore promptly walked off the stage.

"I just put my finger in the air for No. 1 and walked off,'' he said. "The whole thing is crazy. I'm just sitting in school mind-boggled right now."

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