Card Stacking

Brian Bergs TowerWho’s ever heard of card stacking? If you try to google it you’ll only find discussion based on propaganda. Anyways, I’m sure we’ve all tried once or twice to build a little pyramid, but they usually always end the same way. Just a big pile of cards, but check out what Bryan Berg of CardStacker can do. 😯

Brian holds 2 world records for stacking cards. His first Guinness World record is for the Tallest House of Free-Standing Playing Cards. That’s right. No glue! No Bends! No Folds! Just regular plain old poker playing cards.

How many cards you ask? 78,000. That’s nearly 250 pounds of playing cards in this 25ft card tower. It took him nearly 2 and a half weeks to build this tower which is no longer the tallest tower he’s ever built. He also insists that an even larger tower could be built with enough time and patience.

The natural question everyone asks is “How does he do that?” The basics to all his building is the same. It’s structures he refers to as grids. If you want all the gory details in his book available on amazon.

Bryan’s second Guinness World Record is equally impressive. He spent over a month recreating Cinderella’s castle at Walt Disney World in Orlando FL. He used an astonishing 152,000 cards, nearly twice as many cards as the 25 ft tower. The structure is 14 feet square and 14′ tall.

Bryan’s not just a card stacker. In 2004 he earned his Master of Design Studies from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Not to mention his undergraduate studies in the Department of Architecture at Iowa State University.

With that said take a look at Bryan standing in front of Cinderella’s castle. The next time you’re playing poker try to stand a couple cards on end and build a little pyramid. As for me, I’m seriously considering purchasing Bryan’s book to build myself a little fortress.

Cinderella’s Castle


  1. That tower is intense. How could you possibly stack that many cards and have not ONE fall over?!

  2. I don’t know, but this guy has certainly figured it out. I’m hoping to get his book real soon and I may just have to let you guys know 😉

  3. I don’t think it should count if you super-glue the cards together! Sheesh. 😉

  4. That is so amazingly AWESOME!!!! 😯 :mrgreen:

  5. Wow, I would hate to think of what a little gust of wind would do to the tower..Two weeks, I wonder how many times he maybe dropped a card and had to start over on some sections.. Interesting post 😀

  6. Hrmmm, that’s cool and all… but a little unnecessary. I would have been satisfied with a 5 card bridge… :mrgreen:

  7. what i recon he does from watching his vids on youtube and reading about the book, is, he makes a square from four cards and leans them against each other. sounds complicated, it’s not. then puts a layer of cards on top of the four card ‘cell’ and then do another layer overlapping the first one.then you have a pretty stable surfice to build another four card ‘cell’ , then more layers etc. obiusly in the picture he didn’t use a one ‘cell’ thick base. this is because if you add another two cards to the ‘cell’ you can make it appear to be two inter-connected ‘cells’ you can add more and more cards to build a ‘grid’ (mentioned above) he then puts two overlapping layers of cards so he can build on top. to build the tallest tower bryan would have gradualy made the ‘grids’ decrease in size. these are just the basics. if you are more interested in this than building tall ‘square’ towers i suggest you buy the book. i don’t know what is in there but he will probs go into more detail provide helpful pics and explian more complex stuff (domes etc). happy stacking p.s. it is really sturdy look wat i did with two packs of cards three layers high

  8. Shawty-Lo says:

    Hey that is pretty nice, but do you think you couldve made it a little bigger, longer, or higher. But any way i think you should keep going with it because you are very good and might become a famous designer or something. Just wanted to come through and show some love

  9. 🙂 wow

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