Harvard educated architect, Bryan Berg is a professional “cardstacker” who builds houses of cards on a very large scale. He uses no tape, glue, or tricks, and his method has been tested to support 660 lbs. per square foot. He is the only known person to make a living building structures with freestanding playing cards. “I never knew a career in card stacking was something that could exist,” Berg says. “Even after all these years, I’m still learning how to be better at what I do.”
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 and Procter & Gamble among others. Berg created Disney’s Cinderella Castle 15 foot exact replica of the castle located at Disney world in the United States. Over a period of around 30 days he used around 3,000 decks to build this beautiful master piece. This actually set the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest House of Freestanding 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.