The Best Cardstacker In The World

Saini Sa'aB

Bryan Berg has launched an attempt to break his own Guinness World Record for the largest house of freestanding playing cards at The Venetian Macao, the world’s largest resort-hotel. The attempt to build a replica of The Venetian Macao, The Plaza Macao, and Sands Macao buildings will use more than 190,000 cards and will take 44 days to complete.

Bryan Berg broke the Guinness World Record for the World’s Tallest House of Freestanding Playing Cards in 1992 at the age of seventeen, with a tower fourteen feet, six inches tall. He has been commissioned to break his own record more than ten times. His latest structure in the category is over twenty-five feet tall. In 2004, Guinness created a new record category for the World’s Largest House of Cards to further recognize Berg’s work. He continues to hold both records, which require that the builder use no tape, glue, or tricks in his constructions. Touring regularly, Berg has stacked cards in virtually every major US and Canadian city, Europe, and Asia.

Berg has appeared on CNN, 20/20, MTV, VH1, Showtime, The Discovery Channel, ESPN, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Live! with Regis & Kelly, Ellen Degeneres, Martha Stewart, Guinness Prime Time, CBS This Morning, and various international television. His work has been featured in nearly every major US newspaper and publication, including: The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Orange County Register, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, USA Today, Fast Company, the Huffington Post, FHM, Maxim, Men’s Health, Wired, Reader’s Digest, The National Enquirer, ESPN Magazine, National Geographic Kids, and Time Magazine for Kids. He has also been featured in publications across Canada, Europe, Asia, and South America.3

Berg’s clientele includes a host of brands worldwide, among them: Lexus, Walt Disney World, Intercontinental Hotels, Fuji Television, Baseball Hall of Fame, Procter and Gamble, Fed Ex, National Hockey League, and the San Francisco Opera. Projects have also been produced in conjunction with various corporate entities, including: Warner Brothers (Batman: The Dark Knight), Coca-Cola, Pepsi, American Airlines, Major League Baseball, Star Wars, World Series of Poker, and Langham Place Hong Kong in celebration of the Beijing Olympics.
Berg was first inspired by his card-player grandfather to begin stacking cards, and is entirely self-taught in all of the techniques he uses today. Berg holds a Professional Degree in Architecture from Iowa State University, where he also served as faculty. He earned his Masters Degree in Design Studies from Harvard University.