The Surface Below Part 1

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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 one 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 will learnYou’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 

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  1. Bobby

    If you buy this, you are getting 1 hour and 50 minutes of instructional material from a master of his craft. You get multiple angles, spectator performances, slow motion shots, 7 lapping techniques (with even more variations), 2 killer lapping sequences, 2 full routines that use lapping, and it is all organized in a table of contents. He goes into multiple variations for each lapping technique, and he also covers the important psychologically devastating patter and attitude adjustments that will make it certain that your audience never even suspects that lapping is the method. These techniques and tricks are easily within reach of any beginner magician, and the lessons about presentation and attitude can and should be applied to your entire magic repertoire. I would buy this for $50, or even more. It is without a doubt one of my favorite products I haver purchased from any shop or website, topping most of all my other books, dvds, gimmicks, and downloads I own.

    To those who watched the trailer and think that they can replicate the techniques without purchasing the product, think again. Most of the techniques and tricks are not shown in the trailer, and the ones that are are defined by the subtleties that only a master of his craft such as Giacomo can provide.
  2. Aaron

    I bought this as a total beginner to lapping. The time and detail he gives to each lesson is nothing less than outstanding. A must buy for anyone and everyone!
  3. Prolay

    One of the best Lapping projects ever!! A lot to learn!! Many subdleties can be learned which are way more important than methods. These subdleties make the tricks into magic!! Loved this project a lot!!
  4. Summary

    This project is explained very well and the theory behind every move is a knowledge that can be applied to any type of magic.honestly we owe him some money cuz the download is only14$!!!i'd pay 40$ for it!!!.
  5. Lhundup

    Why does it cost 14$?it's a video of 1 hour and 50 minutes with great camera angle and the techniques are not hard to do.In my opinion we still owe him some money!
  6. Summary

    I got it awhile back and i love it . Simply just amazing at how detailed u go into and have been trying out the different vanishes !
  7. Summary

    I had the pleasure of meeting Giacomo and seeing his lapping skills in person, and I couldn't be more satisfied with the content of this download. He takes the time to explain in detail a variety of sleights that are all extremely fun to practice and play around with, and then he presents his ideas for routines that are fooling for both laymen and magicians alike. In a world where gimmicks are king, this download teaches skills that'll last you a lifetime. So what are you waiting for ? 10/10 !
  8. Summary

    I was hesitant about buying this download. I decided to give it a shot and
    I really enjoy these techniques. The first time ever learning lapping and learned it very quickly. I have fooled many of my friends and co-workers.
    Definitely worth the products and the quality is fantastic.
  9. Antonio

    I'm friends with Giacomo so I have seen some of this stuff live. Let me tell you, it is INSANELY CLEAN. It is the visual, practical, impromptu and easy magic you've searched your whole life for. I can say without a doubt, this is the most inspiring project of the past months at least. You are not learning a trick, nor a slight. You are learning a concept that will show you a different side of card magic that you hopefully will start to explore. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR!!! At the end of the day, it won't hurt to hand off 15 bucks to these guys, they deserve it, and you are guaranteed to love it.

    Giacomo explains in a very clear and simple way many different ways to lap cards and how to use these techniques in real close up routines.

    He shows the techniques from different camera angles, with some slow-mo replays and instructions on how not to get caught from spectators and how to misdirect and getting the vanishing far in space and time from where/when It happeded.

    Really clean stuff and well explained! Good job