The Surface Below Part 1

On this project are 7 individual lapping techniques, multiple vanish sequences using only 4 cards (no gimmicks) and 2 full routines that use a table, but don’t telegraph the method.

‘A new dimension’ sounds cliché because it’s over-used and misunderstood. This truly is a new dimension.

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Lapping as an artformI was watching an interview with Elon Musk explaining the purpose of “The boring company” last year. To paraphrase him slightly he says that currently traffic congestion is a 2-dimensional problem. The only 2D solution is to make wider-highways to accommodate the growth in traffic.

However, there is another way. By going into another dimension, the 3rd-dimension, you can go either over or under the traffic. Doubling the space for the same amount of traffic, thus reducing congestion.

I sat there and thought “Wow, that applies to magic too.”

We’re currently working in one dimension, at arms length or above the table. In view of the spectators at all times. Our tools are two-dimensional.

Tricks that go above your audience (like Paper balls over the head) won’t fool inattentive (and thus, not misdirected) audience members. They’ll see it.

That means the under-utilized part of magic is ‘The Surface Below’.

It was then that I was on the look-out for an expert in lapping. Someone who works in 3-dimensions, adding a new layer to their magic under the table. A few weeks later I stumbled across Giacomo Bigliardi on Instagram. An Italian card shark who’s flawless visual vanishes had stumped some of the biggest names in magic.

The comments section was rife with praise.

The method was known, but the technique was hidden. He told everyone it was lapping, yet nobody could obviously justify when the card ‘vanished’.

We flew to Turin, Italy to meet with him. A slip of a click on AirBnB and we ended up in a neighbourhood that didn’t reflect Giacomo’s clean, unique style… but that didn’t matter. Watching a true master at their craft is so immersive, you could be anywhere.

The lens absorbed all of this goodness like a black hole and today, we’re delivering it to you.

On this project are 7 individual lapping techniques, multiple vanish sequences using only 4 cards (no gimmicks) and 2 full routines that use a table, but don’t telegraph the method. This adds a new dimension to your card magic.

‘A new dimension’ sounds cliché because it’s over-used and misunderstood. This truly is a new dimension.

What you'll learn

You’re working in a brand new plane. Using the table to reduce the congestion of your sleights in this way, de-clutters the work happening above the table - in full view.

By understanding 7 ways to lap, you now have 7 alternatives to an ‘above-the-table’ sleight like a top palm. The most obvious method to you (lapping) shields your audience’s eye from any questionable movements, making your magic more natural, flawless and smooth.

Giacomo will teach you not only how to lap, but how to not get caught lapping. How to make it natural, sleek and using nuances to cover the method. These are the techniques that take your card magic from good to otherworldly. 

Immerse yourself in "The Surface Below' TODAY 

Customer Reviews

Based on 20 reviews

I loved the techniques, very good explanations and practical.

Johan Tokkie

I love this site this way of thinking and teaching.

andy ayotte
Worth the money

I was surprised to see the amount of instruction for the price, techniques taught in this video are paramount to table magic and I'm waiting for part 2, it is an excellent resource especially if you are following a Lennart green type of style. I cannot say enough good things about this purchase.

Mohamad Rafiq Sazali
Well Done.

The videos are well shot. The audio and video are superb. Giacomo is an amazing teacher as he taught everything and every details. There are only two problems that I have with this, where the first one is every part of the tutorial has the same intro so you will watch the same intro multiple times and another one is some of the expose view of the moves do not have a direct voice over to explain the moves from the exposed point of view. Overall buy first think later, I really loved and enjoyed this product. Thank you Ellusionist and Giacomo.

Skimmed the surface

I've only skimmed through a little of the video and so far, I'm loving it. I'm already familiar with the concept of lapping but I've never put it into practice -- The Surface Below is an excellent source from everything I'm seeing so far. I can't wait to sit down and drop some cards!

Randy S
Giacomo's demo work is kinda WOWZA!

Really enjoying this download on lapping. His card work has tremendous impact and I plan to combined a few of these moves within developing routine using cards. This download takes lapping to the next level with visually stunning effect. Highly recommended! 5 Stars.


Something I always wanted to learn! Some methods are harder than others, but I can do many already as it is well explained! Hope there will come another volume where objects other than card will be lapped :)! Great video! Getting volume 2 as soon as it gets released!

Jesse James Barker

The Surface Below Part 1

Lots of possibilities

A lot of technics are explained - I’m quite sure there is something for everyone and every occasion. Of course it needs practice until you get it smooth... It helped me quite a bit in understanding lapping more deeply. Best lapping tutorial I have seen so far! I love it!!

One of the Best lapping downloads I know

I was sceptical first, but then I bought it and it was really good.