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A house of cards

It's always been in the cards for Bryan Berg and now everyone knows it. Berg, 26, a member of First Lutheran Church, Milford, Iowa, holds the Guinness World Record for the tallest freestanding card tower.

His grandfather taught Berg the art of card-stacking when he was 8 years old. His 25-foot-tall building, which he created in Berlin, is the highest freestanding card tower ever, and is comprised of more than 2,000 decks of cards.

Cards have brought fame to Berg, who travels about three months each year to fairs, trade shows and other events where he builds his whimsical structures. He also has appeared on Good Morning America, the Discovery Channel and Guinness Prime Time TV shows.

It makes sense that someone with this unusual skill holds a degree in architecture (from Iowa State University, Ames, where he also teaches).

Berg has built card-versions of sports stadiums, the Liberty Bell and the Iowa Capitol. At a recent South Carolina State Fair, he created a replica of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, complete with its famous dome.

When asked, as he often is, how he keeps the cards together, he responds, "With gravity and patience."

And that patience has paid off with a photo and listing in the 2001 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.



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