April 15, 2024

Illuzzi Letter

Envisioning And Creating Your Dream Home

Brian Berg – Stacking The Deck

Have you ever tried stacking cards? What is the tallest structure have you been able to build with your cards? How patient have you been every time your cards tower has fallen down?

You have to agree with me that card stacking is a funny pastime, especially when you get to build a three or four floor building.

Do you know what is the Guinness World Record for the World’s Tallest House of Cards? Say something… ten?…fourteen?… The Guinness World Record for the World’s Tallest House of Cards is over twenty-five feet tall. Yes, it is unbelievable, and it was hard for me to believe that a structure of over twenty-five feet tall can be built without any kind of manipulation, such as taping, gluing, folding or bending the cards. NOTHING.

Just playing cards standing up without any trickery involved. In order to obtain a Guinness World Record, you have to follow a very strict verification and validation process, and one of the members of the Guinness World Record Committee will meticulously verify that your attempt to a World Record follows their strict rules.

I was in shock when I first looked at the picture of the World’s Tallest House of Cards. More than twenty-five feet of stacked playing cards…

The holder of the Guinness World Record Cardstacker is Brian Berg from Ames, Iowa. He won his first Guinness World Record for the World’s Tallest House of Cards in 1992, when he was only seventeen. Since then, he has toured the US and the world, appearing in the best TV shows, magazines, etc…

Stacking cards is a hobby that became Berg’s full time job. He is regularly appointed by TV shows, large corporations such as Walt Disney Studios, and he gets paid to teach about stacking cards, doing projects for companies, science museums, etc…

Berg started stacking cards as a hobby when he was 8. His grandfather introduced him to stacking cards as a funny pastime, but he did not teach him any of the building techniques Berg now uses. It was after years of experimentation that Berg developed his own building techniques.

Brian Berg has also put all his experience in stacking cards in a book titled “Stacking the Deck” (ISBN-978-0743232876). In his book, Berg reveals all his tricks and techniques learnt through his own experiences and countless hours building gigantic structures out of playing cards and infinite patience.