The best way to Stack Taking part in Playing cards | WIRED

published on July 3, 2020

– [Narrator] In a recent
episode of "Obsessed"

we saw Bryan Berg build an eight foot tall

spaceship out of cards with nothing

holding it together except good design

And he made it look easy

But how easy is it?

Berg is gonna give us a quick lesson

on the basics, like how to use your hands

as tools and what shape to start with

Once you master those simple skills

you can use them to build
pretty much anything

– I'm here to show you how to turn

ordinary playing cards
into something amazing

– [Narrator] Fist step,
here's a list of don'ts

– You're not gonna wanna try to do this

on shag carpet, you're not gonna wanna

try to do it maybe on glass

Something that has a
little more texture to it

Just a normal tabletop

Also, don't try it outside,
don't try it in front of a fan,

don't do it in a moving vehicle

Those things are all problematic

– [Narrator] To build your foundation

Berg advises against the
traditional triangle shape

Instead, he starts with
squares and right angles

– I'm gonna hold the first
card in my left hand,

I'm just gonna park it here

So it's really hard,
but you gotta remember,

not until you've got
all four of these cards

put together are you gonna let go

There's the fourth card, still wiggling,

but look, I'm just gonna lean
all four of those together

This is a little sloppy

Each one of them is leaning in

Notice each one is at the halfway point

And notice that I've created
a little box in the center

This is the fundamental beginning cell

of any card house, from small to massive

If you can accomplish this little box

and get that to happen, you're really

like 90% of the way there

But I'm just gonna keep
making these little boxes

And as I go this will kinda turn into

what I call the grid

– [Narrator] He has a
couple extra little tips

to get you from the first story,

to the second, to the
third, fourth, fifth,

however tall you wanna go

– I'm just gonna quickly
throw a little roof on this

You're really just trying to get the most

even roofing that you can,
that isn't five cards thick

in one place and one
card thick in another,

in the very center

So imagine it getting
thicker, and thicker,

and thicker in the middle,

but not so much on the edges

You're gonna create this
dome effect on your roof

And what that's gonna cause
is your cards to dance around,

they're not gonna wanna sit

But you'll notice I
did put the numbers up

The numbers are up because typically

playing cards are sorta shaped like this

And that means that every card

kinda creates two contact points

And that card's just
gonna wanna sit there

All right

If it were like this, that
card's gonna wanna dance around

– [Narrator] When you put
all these steps together

you have endless options
of what you can build

And you'll be surprised at how
strong your card houses are

And to prove it, Berg is
gonna build another grid,

and then stress test it

– Okay, so we're gonna build
the same grid we built before

I'm gonna use two or three cards at a time

to just kind of beef up the strength

of this thing a little bit

And you could do it with one card,

depending on what you want
to do with this thing

I double 'em up, triple them up a lot,

to just make it more of a brick house,

less of a card house

So that when the clumsiest
person in the room

is moving around, which is
me, and I get too close to it,

that just the slightest draft doesn't

cause it to start to fall apart

These larger structures
become really strong

So you might have something sitting around

that you can use to stress
test your house of cards

So in this case I just happen to have

a concrete block sitting here

And I'm just gonna set it on there

[Bryan tapping and pounding]

Do we have another one?

Do we have another one?

Related Videos

And that girl's drumming. That girl's in a wheelchair. Yeah, that girl's in a wheelchair. ELIZA: I have a disability known as Charcot-Marie-Tooth, w...
Well, I’d always loved wrapping gifts for my friends and family and people would ask me to wrap gifts. And when I left full-time corporate life, I decided to pr...
Happy Lunar New Year! This time of year is all about good wishes but did you know that many of these good wishes are edible? Here are eight lucky New Year foods...
So we did a whole bunch of ringing around and none of the chemists in this area had any female condoms, but there was one place and it's here and they have ...
Remember the diaphragm? 90s sitcoms had this weird obsession with them even though barely anyone used them. Whatever happened to the diaphragm? I'm Edwina f...
We’re at the Ramadan night markets, or as I like to call it the Lakemba bazaar. There are people with stalls from different parts of the world. They’re offering...
We’re having our insemination today Yeah we feel pretty- I feel pretty nervous. Ah so hopefully this is the conception of a baby. Today’s day is about today but...
So exercise is, like, legitimately the bane of my existence. Exercise in general? Yeah! Just generally exercise. What do you mean by exercise, Moataz? You know,...
So I’m about to do something I’ve never done before. Basically have a really intimate conversation with a stranger. Although it’s even stranger because I actual...
I don't even know how to get into this... I mean, I heard poo is supposed to float. Is that true or false? Well, it depends on what you've been eating. ...
I'm Bjorn Stewart. I'm an actor, comedian and filmmaker. I'm gonna be meeting with a complete stranger Zohab, who's a poet. I've only ever b...
What is clear is that today there are a lot more conversations that we need to have than ever before. Because so many things that used to be dictated by rules a...
(cheerful upbeat music) Hi, my name's Michelle Law and I'm a writer. Today I'm at The Imperial Hotel where I'm going to be meeting Felicia Foxx ...
My name is Hanada and I've been set up on this blind friendship date with someone called Molly. Right now, I'm on my way to meet someone I've never ...
Making money can be super rewarding, but as you make some, you might have to start paying tax. Nooo! Income tax is money the government takes from everyone&#39...
A gaming console or a new phone? Hmmm. New trainers or a big night out? Hmmm. Choosing between things you really want is hard. If you've created a budget t...
Who wants to be a gazillionaire? (Ah, ah, so much money). Yes, please. People often tell you that to get rich, you should invest. Investing is putting your mon...
You're broke. Why?! But you still have to live. What about using a credit card, just to tide you over? Credit can be handy, but when you borrow money, you c...
Saving for the future. Everyone tells you to start now, but the future is ages away, so why? I'll give you one good reason. Compound interest. It works lik...
I always come to playgroup, yeah I like it. I like that interaction with mums and bubs. Oh they’re lovely, they really are, they’re lovely, little fat things yo...
Be the first to comment “The best way to Stack Taking part in Playing cards | WIRED”

Your email address will not be published.

There are no comments yet.