Here’s Your Extreme Card Manipulation

January 7th, 2008 | Team Ellusionist | Filed Under General

House of Cards - CardstackingHow sweet would this stack look using some black Ellusionist Custom Cards?

Imagine Bryan Berg using Black Tiger, or the newest Shadow Masters playing cards.

Professional ‘cardstacker’, Bryan Berg broke all records with his 25ft skyscraper. Bryan creates incredible card sculptures of skyscrapers, stadiums and cathedrals with only playing cards and without using glue or tape to hold the stack together.

His latest creation stands at 25ft 9 inches tall and was made from 1,800 decks of playing cards. It took five weeks to build and was limited only by the height of the building he was working in.

When asked recently if he could build a taller structure, perhaps even 100ft high, he was undaunted. “You bet!” he said.

Berg first started building card houses at the age of eight. He broke the Guinness World Record for the World’s Tallest House of Cards in 1992 at the age of seventeen, with a tower fourteen feet, six inches tall.

Watch Bryan in action:

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You can see more of this video, including an interview with Bryan by clicking here.


  1. Just wanted to point out that it would not look cool with BLACK ELLUSIONIST CUSTOM CARDS…for multiple reasons:

    1. The cards would fade into the black backdrop.
    2. The black would would make it harder to distinguish the individual cards, and the edges and countours of the buildings.
    3. The average person would not be able to tell that they were normal playing cards, or playing cards at all. The average person has neither seen nor used black playing cards.
    4. If it were at a show, the bright white would be more visible and eyecatching than black.

  2. Brad Christian on:

    I’d hope the stacker would be smart enough to change the backdrop and light the stack appropriately.

  3. that’s ****in’ insane, i can’t even get a card house over 6 inches

  4. He must have stable hands. I couldn’t even stack 2 cards let alone the 22000 he’s using

  5. 22000 cards is a alot…… I couldn’t even make a card tower with 2 cards

  6. That is amazing! I watched this last night and then brought out some old decks and begin to build houses hehe. So far Ive used 3 decks in one building of a random 2 story building. Its frustrating when they fall down, but theres just something fun about it. Now then, I only need 1797 more decks until Ive reached what Bryan deals with.

  7. David Harrison on:

    Wow! Amazing, That is so awsome!!! Be Good With Shadow Masters Deck!!!

  8. David Harrison on:

    Wow. that is amazing, awsome man! Be brilliant with shadow masters deck?

  9. Joshua: I think the bgegist barrier to getting back into the game isn’t the new rules, but rather, the initial money sink of building up a card base you can play with. As I mentioned, when my nephew went through my cards and removed everything that wasn’t allowed in Standard Type 2, he removed a lot of cards. I was left with enough cards to make one decent deck, but it’s going to take me quite a while to build up a decent cardbase again. I guess the logical question then would be, Why not just use all of your cards and not play Type 2? That’d put me in Type 1 or Extended, in which case, I’d have to spend literally hundreds of dollars to play competitively. So Type 2 it is Regarding the new rules, there are some new things which I had to learn, such as Suspend and Vanishing, but they’re pretty common sense things.