Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov,
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
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
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 www.cardstacker.com.
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 www.iowahistory.org
or call 515-281-5111 for more information.
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