Name: Ilya Zarkov
Occupation: Stage magician
Legal Status: Unrevealed as yet
Place of Birth: Unrevealed
Marital Status: Married
Known Relatives: Glynis (wife)
Group Affiliation: Partner of
Base of Operations: Leonia, New Jersey; The Magic Mansion, New
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.
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.