Guinness world record-holder at Historical Museum Nov. 24
Former Iowan Bryan Berg to appear at Toy Stories Festival

For immediate release November 15, 2006


Contact: Jeff Morgan,, (515) 281-3858

(DES MOINES) –Bryan Berg, a two-time Guinness Book of World Records record-holder for cardstacking, will be the featured entertainer during the State Historical Museum’s Toy Stories Festival November 24th.

The Toy Stories Festival is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust in Des Moines’ Historic East Village. Free and open to the public, the festival will feature storytellers, magicians and jugglers from across Iowa. Visitors can play games, enter contests and watch Berg build a structure entirely out of playing cards inside the museum’s atrium. The festival is being presented in conjunction with the museum’s newest exhibit, “Kid Stuff: Great Toys from our Childhood.”

Berg broke the Guinness World Record for the World’s Tallest House of Cards in 1992 at the age of 17 with a tower 14 feet, 6 inches tall. His latest record-holding structure in the category is more than 25 feet tall. In 2004, Guinness created a new record category for the World’s Largest House of Cards to recognize a project Berg built for Walt Disney World – a replica of Cinderella’s Castle. He continues to hold both records.

Touring regularly, Berg has stacked cards in virtually every major U.S. city and in Japan, Denmark, and Germany. He has appeared on “CBS This Morning,” “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” “Ellen DeGeneres,” “Martha Stewart Unsifted,” “Guinness Prime Time,” “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not,” “The Discovery Channel,” CNN and various foreign shows.

His work has been featured in nearly every major newspaper nationwide in addition to publications such as Wired, Reader’s Digest, Men’s Health, Games Magazine, Maxim, The National Enquirer, National Geographic For Kids, Time Magazine for Kids, and 321 Contact.

Berg’s clientele have included Walt Disney World, Star Wars, San Francisco Opera, Neopets/Wizards of the Coast, Fuji Television Japan, Post Cereal, Pinnacle Brands, Topps, Baseball Hall of Fame, DMG World Media, Procter and Gamble. He has also produced projects with Coca-Cola, Pepsi, American Airlines, Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League.

Berg earned his Master of Design Studies from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2004. He previously served as design faculty for three years in the Department of Architecture at Iowa State University, where he received his Professional Degree in Architecture in 1997. His work can be seen at

Visitors to the museum are encouraged to bring a new toy for the Toys for Tots charity drive Nov. 21-Dec. 17 and receive a 10 percent

The State Historical Society of Iowa is a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Please visit or call 515-281-5111 for more information.


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