Bryan Berg is a professional “cardstacker” who builds houses of cards on a very large scale. Born March 21, 1974, Bryan Berg was trained as an architect and is the only known person to make a living building structures with freestanding playing cards. He uses no tape, glue, or tricks, and his method has been tested to support 660 lbs. per square foot.
Berg earned a Professional Degree in Architecture from Iowa State University in 1997, and served on the design faculty there for three years. In 2004, Berg earned his Master of Design Studies from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Berg has stacked cards for corporate special events, public relations campaigns, and science and children’s museums in many U.S. cities, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Berg’s clients have included Walt Disney World, a Lexus commercial, Procter & Gamble, American major league baseball and hockey, and the San Francisco Opera among others. He also participated in a music video by “The Bravery“, playing a lonely man who builds a fantasy world out of cards.
Berg first broke the world record for World’s Tallest House of Freestanding Playing Cards in 1992 at the age of 17, with a tower 14 feet, 6 inches tall (4.67 meters). Since then, Berg has been commissioned to break his own Guinness Record approximately ten times.
Berg’s most recent tallest record was a 25 foot 9 7/16 inch tall tower built at the African-American Museum at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas. For this record, he tried a new technique involving stacking cards vertically instead of horizontally, which reduced the number of cards needed by nearly half.
On September 18, 2009, on “Live with Regis & Kelly”, Berg attempted to break the Guinness World Record for tallest free-standing card structure in 60 minutes. As Berg stopped building the structure when time ran out, the cards fell down, costing him his bid for a new world record.
(via The Telegraph)