11 November 2022 was the 19th Guinness World Records Day and challengers from all around the world gathered to celebrate their record-breaking attempts!
In Qingdao, Shandong province, China, Tian Rui, aka the "house of cards architect" showed the entire process of building the tallest house of cards in 12 hours through live streaming from multiple platforms online.
He finally succeeded in breaking the Guinness World Records title of tallest house of cards built in 12 hours with total of 50 stores and the height of 3.37 m (11 ft 0.67 in)
The former record holder was Bryan Berg (USA), who completed the 48-story house of cards in March 2016, with a total height of 3.26 m (10 ft 8.35 in).
Tian Rui was a professional magician. But in 2015, he began to devote himself to cards.
"In fact, the reason I like building cards is because of the record holder, Bryan," shared Rui.
"He is my idol and my target. Building cards is really too difficult, but it won’t make me regret if I could be like him someday."
"Perhaps it is this 'hard' that fascinates me. In the face of repeated failures, there is no shortcut, no know-how." - Tian Rui
Earlier this year, Tian Rui built a 27-story house of cards and broke the Guinness World Records title for the tallest house of cards built in 1 hour with a total height of 2.17 m (7 ft 1.4 in).
Tian chose to livestream his attempt on Guinness World Records Day to thank his followers, whom have encouraged and accompanied Tian Rui from the very beginning.
"I want more people to see that we can get together, explore and challenge together, and bring Joy and enlightenment to more people."
On his online personal channel, you can find his works of art - made from playing cards - such as a castle based on the one from the movie Frozen, which required 40 hours of work and 12,000 cards; A nine-hour, 8,800-card temple based on the Temple of Heaven; and also Big Ben, which took 18 hours and 10,000 cards to build.
No glue, no special effects, with all his works built by his bare hands, are the reasons why his works are admired by many.
After the end of his most recent 12-hour challenge, Tian Rui chose to pull down his own house of cards.
"Every time it is torn down, it is for a new reconstruction."
Let's wait and see the new challenges brought by Tian Rui in the future!