Artist Pete Fecteau Turns my Houdini Optical Illusion into a Mosaic for National Geographic Channel’s Brain Games

By Tom Interval

Houdini Optical Illusion Mosaic

Pete Fecteau in front of the mosaic of my optical illusion

Have you heard of Brain Games? It’s an excellent, semi-new show that airs on Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The National Geographic Channel.

Already into its second season, the show, hosted by Jason Silva, is “chock full of interactive games and experiments designed to mess with your mind and reveal the inner-workings of your brain,” as touted on the show’s website.


Optical illusion compared with Fecteau’s mosaic

As part of its promotion for the April 22 Season 2 premier, National Geographic commissioned artist Pete Fecteau to create a large mosaic—composed of 3,612 Rubik’s Cubes—using my Houdini optical illusion.

The mosaic, constructed in a high-traffic New York City storefront a few blocks south of Times Square, took Fecteau 26 hours over the course of two weeks to finish. Intended to be a temporary installation, the mosaic was on display for only two weeks.

Jason Silva

Brain Games host Jason Silva in front of the mosaic of my Houdini illusion

Below is a time-lapse video of Fecteau creating the mosaic. To see some still shots, browse the WireImage gallery. And if you haven’t seen Brain Games, you can watch some teasers on National Geographic’s YouTube channel or full episodes on Amazon Instant Video for between two and three bucks each.

Photos of Peter Fecteau and Jason Silva courtesy of Getty Images/WireImage.


About Interval Magic

Magician Tom Interval, owner of San Diego-based Interval Magic, provides magic entertainment and training to private and corporate clients locally and throughout the United States. A member of the Academy of Magical Arts (AMA), International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM), and Society of American Magicians (SAM), Interval has captivated tens of thousands of people at numerous venues, including Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he performed as a medieval conjurer, trained employees of the magic shop, and promoted the park on several local TV talk shows along the East Coast. As an entertainer, business owner, and former marketing communications professional, Interval understands that the success of any event depends on how satisfied his clients' guests are. Whether it’s a trade show or 50th wedding anniversary, Interval is dedicated to providing his audiences with a highly visual, interactive, mind-boggling magic experience they’ll remember and talk about for years to come. To learn more, please visit
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