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You'll be able to lean cards at a smaller angle as you become practiced in the art of card construction. But remember: Beginners will have a hard time controlling cards placed too close to vertical. Big, clumsy fingers are more likely to knock down a bunch of cards than to fix a single one. A spare card also is useful for removing cards if a structure partially collapses. Use it like a shovel: Carefully pick up and scoop the cards off the undamaged part of the building. That's usually because something fell down and had to be rebuilt.
In fact, what you see here is probably only two-thirds of what I built for the book. The rest fell down.
I'm not perfect; you shouldn't expect to be, either. Most of the photos in this book show me reaching in front and progressing away from me as I built. It might be easier for you to build toward yourself. Have fun! Building will be easier if you have relaxed, steady hands.
Put 'Em Up The structures I'm about to demonstrate aren't perfect or fancy. They're designed to get you comfortable with cards. Don't worry for now about making everything exactly straight or just like the illustrations.
We'll get more formal and organized later. Just experiment and learn the basics: the four-card cell that is the seed of life when it comes to card building. Cards ready? Building area ready? Hard hat on? Let's do it.
Place the cards within easy reach. Lay the first card on its long edge; hold it upright and don't let go. You'll be building a box of four cards, and it could collapse if you release this card before they're all in place.
Use a second card to make a T by gently leaning it perpendicular to the first card. Card 3 makes a second T when its middle is gently leaned against the end of card 2.
Complete the box. Lean card 4 against the end of card 3 so the end doesn't quite touch the card in your hand. Carefully lean the card in your hand against card 4 and let go. What you have now should look like a pinwheel, with a square in the middle and a tail extending from each corner.
Unbelievably, this is the hardest thing to accomplish in card stacking -- and the root of virtually everything else. If you can conquer these four steps, the rest is a cakewalk. This central "cell" makes card buildings incredibly strong. I routinely build slightly more complex one- or two-story card buildings that support at least five concrete blocks -- more than pounds. Architects often design skyscrapers the same way, with a strong concrete-and-steel core.
It supports the floors so exterior walls can be made of lighter materials, such as glass. Now you'll carefully place four cards on top of the box to make a roof. Lay two cards next to each other atop the cell. Don't overlap them. Lay two parallel cards on top, perpendicular to the first two.
Again, don't overlap them.
The roof should be two cards thick all around. You've finished one "story" of your building.
Savor the victory and prepare yourself for the next one -- building a second story. While building on cards instead of carpet may seem tougher, cards are actually the perfect building surface. You'll follow the same steps used to build the first story. Gently place the first card on its edge. You should try to put it in line with the "first-story" card below it, but don't worry too much about that. Hold the card upright and let it "float" between your fingers.
You should float this first card any time you're building on a roof. If you grip it, any slight movement will be transmitted to the cards beneath it, possibly damaging the first story. Carefully place card 2 perpendicular to card 1 and lean it in to make a T. Lightly set the third card on its edge in the same way and lean it against the end of card 2. Set the fourth card perpendicular to card 3.
Gently lean the card in your hand against card 4 to complete the cell. All that's left is to put on another roof. Lay two parallel cards across the cell. There's your two-story card building. With enough cards, you can add more stories in the same way until the whole thing implodes. As you get better at it, you'll start merging some steps or taking them a little out of order. Improvisation is the mark of a top card builder.
A Few Short Stacks Now let's move on to a few easy buildings that will show how that four-card cell is the foundation that supports everything.
None of these buildings should take long once you've mastered the basics, yet they all have pleasing architectural structures and even some decorations.
Once again, don't worry about making these look just like the pictures. Yours could be more extensive or less extensive. Just get used to putting up the cards, and don't fret over the occasional collapse.
Start again with a basic four-card cell and lay a card perpendicular to one of the tails sticking out from it. Put a card perpendicular to that one, and another card perpendicular to that one for as far as you like, making a kind of crosshatch pattern. Don't worry about making complete cells. The cards will stay standing as long as the four-card cell you started with is there.
But take away one card from the cell, and the whole structure will collapse. That shows how the cell is the bulwark that supports everything. Lay a roof over the cell: two pairs of cards layered at right angles to each other. Lay a roof over the herringbone cards.