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Illusion

Real Name: Ilya Zarkov
Occupation: Stage magician
Identity: Publicly known
Legal Status: Unrevealed as yet
Other Aliases: None known
Place of Birth: Unrevealed
Marital Status: Married
Known Relatives: Glynis (wife)
Group Affiliation: Partner of Glamor
Base of Operations: Leonia, New Jersey; The Magic Mansion, New York City
First Appearance: VISION AND THE SCARLET WITCH Vol. 2 #4

History: Glynis and Ilya Zarkov are a married couple who work as stage magicians known as Glamor and Illusion and perform at the Magic Mansion in New York City, a club which they own and where other stage magicians perform as well. Unlike other stage magicians, however, Glamor and Illusion have actual superhuman powers which they use to perform there amazing feats. Due to the fear and prejudice much of the populace feels towards people with abilities, Glamor and Illusion pretend to be ordinary human beings who accomplish their "magic" feats through the usual trickery employed by stage magicians.

The Zarkovs live in the quiet town of Leonia, New Jersey, which is only a short drive from New York City. When the android Vision and the Scarlet Witch first moved to Leoia, bigoted local residents burned down their house.

Determined not to be intimidated, the Vision and Scarlet Witch bought another house there. The Zarkovs feared that if the bigots tried to drive the Vision and the Scarlet Witch away again, then the Zarkovs themselves might become the bigots' next target. Hence, the Zarkovs decided to protect the Vision and Scarlet Witch in order to protect themselves. Spying on a group of local bigots, the Zarkovs learned that they plan to firebomb the Vision and Scarlet Witch's new house. The Zarkovs then used their powers to thwart the plan. The Zarkovs have since become friends with the Vision Scarlet Witch.

Height: 5 ft. 8 in.
Weight:
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown

Strength Level: Illusion possesses the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engages in regular exercise.

Known Superhuman Powers: Illusion has the superhuman ability to control mentally the molecules of anything he touches for one minute after he touches it. The origin of his power has not been revealed. He can use his power to levitate what he has touched or to rearrange its molecules. His powers are so great that from touching a miniscule amount of the ashes of a burned long before, he could draw together all the rest of the ashes of the book that the wind had scattered over the town he was in, restore the book to virtually its original condition before it was burned. Apparently can't control his own body's molecules by touching his body.

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