- Scandinavia's #1
- Quality cracks
- Speed and Quality
- Judgement Day
Founded by :
Garfield, Sauron, Hero & Hawkeye on 23 June 1989
Dissolved in :
1 December 1993
Group Types :
Demo Group, Cracker Group, Import Group
Base Country :
--> 1. EARLY DAYS
The demo section of Future has announced to quit the scene when Garfield/Jazzcat Cracking Team, Sauron & Hawkeye/Future and Hero/Abnormal met in Trondheim at the the IT/Razor 1911/Abnormal/Hoaxers/Network Gigaparty 1989. They started discussing about forming a new Norwegian cracking group with more ambitions. At the party they had been listening over and over again to the funk disco hit called "It's just an Illusion" from Imagination, so they decided to name their new group after that song: Illusion was built. Illusion's first release was Skateball +1F. Rick Dangerous +3 shows that some other members of Abnormal's cracking section first were hesitating however followed a bit later (Rocky and Fist 09/89 mainly because they had been fed up with demos). All initial members came from Norway.
In the early days the group had been mainly known for its quality cracks which were spread "the classical" way by mailtrading. Hawkeye bought the originals at a toy store in Norway and Garfield from a distributor. At that time, Sauron received a warning letter from the Norwegian post office for taping staps.
--> 2. THE GOLDEN AGE
When Bros died, the Norwegian section Gene, Firkin and Dwarf joined (September 1989, see Passing Shot). This is when Illusion got active in the US BBS scene, initially trading with Exodus. Gene provided the first real frist-release to Exodus (Fighting Soccer). The Executioner/Reign of Terror was really disappointed and pissed however shortly later joined Exodus. As first US BBSs Wild Warez and Warez Galore had been acquired. Because Illusion didn't have many fast originals at that time, Gene, Firkin and Kilroy decided to leave in February 1990 to build up Unisex, a group which died only a few weeks later.
Meanwhile in the UK Rough Trade Inc. stepped up to a become a super-fast cracking-group. Richie was the original supplier buying originals in the Virgin Megastore at Tottenham Court Road in London. Garfield had established strong relations with Rough Trade Inc.; his main contact was initially Dean/Reble MC who had just gotten his modem from one of the UK cracking pioneers Tri-Dos (Tri-Dos also provided ILS the first calling codes). A classical win/win situation: Illusion was lacking fast originals and Rough Trade Inc. was lacking talented crackers. Logical conclusion was that Firefox, Dean/Reble MC and Richie joined on Feb 15, 1990 (see scroll-text of Space Harrier 2 +). This was a historical landmark in the Illusion history as speed and quality cracking have finally been brought together. Gene & Firkin sensed that something special was about to happen, killed Unisex and rejoined Illusion in March 1990. Illusion had developed and grown within weeks to one of the leading international cracking syndicates.
As trading partner in the US, Illusion switched briefly from Exodus to Optical as they were strong in the area of H/P however didn't have a decent NTSC fixer. In the meantime Gene because the first European member on The Forum (there was a public vote on this on The Forum) and this is how Pudwerx got in touch with Illusion. Illusion then switched to A Touch of Class as US trading partner. This is when a long lasting collaboration between Illusion and Pudwerx started. The Forum, one of the leading US boards of all times, became Illusion & A Touch of Class headquarters. A Touch of Class was one of the most successful US importing, cracking and NTSC fixing groups at that time. Illusion & ATC started a co-op in the summer of 1990. Early July Richie visited Sauron and Garfield in Norway. They bought the orignal of Flimbo's Quest +6F and cracked it over night. Richie fell asleep at 3pm and when he woke up, the crack was completed and already uploaded to ATC for fixing. The co-op with ATC ended shortly after due to the fact that Pudwerx left A Touch of Class to form a new US super group together with Stormbringer/XDS called Random. Illusion stayed loyal to Pudwerx and therefore was trading with Random from then on.
In Feb 1991 Garfield quit the c-64 scene while some German members of the dissolving group Crazy joined Illusion (Frank, Pyle, Sebio, Deff) for a short while. In May 1991 Illusion died. Gene switched to the PC Scene and Sauron joined the Norwegian army. Most of the remaining active members joined forces with the German sections of Crazy, Lotus & Paramount to build up a new promising cracking group called Enigma, see Illusion is Dead.
--> 3. THE SUCCESSFUL COMEBACK
The Illusion guys never really assimilated to Enigma and hence left after some months already. In February 1992 Illusion got rebuilt. First one out was: Demon Blues Preview +. Richie, Sauron, Hero and Fist (who had in the meantime moved to Talent) teamed up with Freestyle and the US dudes Pudwerx, Despiser and Prodigy to plan the comeback. A few days before the reunion, "Judgment Day" was announced on all BBSs and this caught wide attention in the remaining cracking and US BBS scene, which had by then slowed down quite a bit. On "Judgment Day" Illusion was rebuilt by many of the original members and the two legendary US old-school BBSs The Forum und Terminal Obsession were put back online. Pudwerx/ex-ATC, developer of UCBBS and an old ally of Illusion, re-entered the scene to NTSC-fix the continuous flow of first-releases. Again quality (Norwegian cracking section, US NTSC fixing) and speed (UK section, Richie!) came together. In April 1992, Baze joined in as a mega-swapper from Brutal. In May 1992, Runesmaster from US joined in as H/P and brought along his board Chaotic Illusions. In July 1992 the coop between Deadline and Arcade had broken up, Gene killed Deadline and rejoined his old mothership Illusion and brought along NME, Rebel and Derbyshire Ram. Unfortunately Gene then got busted for calling out. Reble MC, a former ILS member returned to the Scene and started cracking again.
In November 1992 the 2 Swedes Tronic and Sodapop joined in. Paradize the leading European BBS became Illusion HQ. Tronic released 3 issues of a disk mag called The Wide Screen #01 in which he focused on movie news and tests. Wide Screen later became a part of Propaganda. Radar joined after his beloved mothership Arcade had grounded but left again after a few weeks only.
--> 4. THE END
In spring 1993 many bad news had hit the group. The Forum and Terminal Obsession went down again. Pudwerx and the UK section had slowed down their activities. Derbyshire Ram was the only active original supplier and cracker left in the UK.
A new US section was formed: Lucifer, Brett, Susie Uzi, Serpent & Grego. Grego was bringing his BBS In Living Color to Illusion. Lucifer left again after a short while to build up his own H/P and fixing group called Coderz. Brett was running the new US Headquarters called Purgatory. The choice to take "Purgatory" as new US HQ turned out to be a mistake: very little disk space, a constantly stoned and therefore unreliable and impredictable sysop. The board was too often offline. Purgatory was taken down for good only a couple of months later - there have been rumors that Brett was going to jail because of drug abuse).
Illusion died for good on December 2, 1993 (Snake or Die) when troubles between the new US section and the remaining Europeans couldn't be solved in peace anymore: see Explanations!, The Illusion Saga, Load of Bull.
In the meantime the Norwegian section had slowed down significantly and Hero, the last active viking member had stopped. This was the end of this phenomenal cracking group. Darklord, Richie, Derbyshire Ram, Freestyle and Pudwerx left to form Avantgarde from the ashes of Illusion together with a bunch of elite sceners like Deff, Jack Daniels, Magic Man, Weasel, HOK, Peter, Jack Alien and Steve/Zenith.
--> 5. REUNION
Illusion announced a glorious comeback at the X'2016. Hero, Fist, Sauron, Richie, Reble MC, Gene and Freestyle were present. A little old-school onefile demo was released at the party: Illusion Reunited at X-2016.
History compiled by Freestyle.
- update 16.11.2016 on Deadline, Crazy's death and the rize of Enigma
- update 09.12.2016 the origin of the group name and more info on the early days. Gene's role in selecting US trading partner (Exodus, Optical and finally Pudwerx/ATC).
- update 16.12.2016 where Richie bought his originals; US BBSs towards the end of the group; Widescreen
- update 31.12.2017: Norwegian section stopped and reference to the disk-note "Illusion is dead".
All Members :
|Fist|| (18/2-1992 -> 10-1993)|| .... ||Coder, Cracker, Modem Trader|
|Freestyle|| (18/2-1992 -> 26/9-1993)|| .... ||Coder, Modem Trader, Swapper|
|Gene|| (1/7-1992 -> 5-1993)|| .... ||Modem Trader, Public Relations Manager, Swapper|
|Hero|| (18/2-1992 -> )|| .... ||Modem Trader, Organizer, Public Relations Manager, Swapper|
|Reble MC|| (10-1992 -> 9-1993)|| .... ||Cracker, PAL-Fixer, Swapper|
|Richie|| (18/2-1992 -> 10-1993)|| .... ||Cracker, Modem Trader, Original Supplier, Swapper|
|Sauron|| (18/2-1992 -> 12-1993)|| .... ||Cracker, Modem Trader|
|Atmos (ex)|| (1993 -> 9-1993)|| .... ||Co-Sysop, Original Supplier|
|BaZe (ex)|| (4-1992 -> 9-1993)|| .... ||Mega Swapper|
|Brett (ex)|| (5-1993 -> 10-1993)|| .... ||Sysop|
|Buzz (ex)|| .... ||Coder|
|Cerberus (ex)|| (4-1992 -> 12-1992)|| .... ||Hacker, Phreaker|
|Comic (ex)|| (1-1990 -> 2-1990)|| .... ||Graphician, Swapper|
|Cutter (ex)|| (3-1990 -> )|| .... ||Original Supplier|
|Cyberpunk (ex)|| (16/8-1990 -> 3-1991)|| .... ||Importer, Modem Trader, Swapper|
|Darklord (ex)|| (2-1993 -> 10-1993)|| .... ||Cracker|
|Dean (ex)|| (15/2-1990 -> 9-1990)|| .... ||Cracker, Swapper|
|Deff (ex)|| (11/1-1991 -> 4-1991)|| .... ||Modem Trader, Swapper|
|Derbyshire Ram (ex)|| (1/7-1992 -> 12-1993)|| .... ||Cracker, Mega Swapper, Original Supplier, Swapper|
|Despiser (ex)|| (2-1992 -> 12-1992)|| .... ||Hacker, Phreaker|
|DMC (ex)|| (9-1992 -> 10-1993)|| .... ||Cracker, Original Supplier|
|Dwarf (ex)|| (9-1989 -> )|| .... ||Coder, Cracker, Graphician, Modem Trader, Swapper|
|Firefox (ex)|| (2-1990 -> )|| .... ||Cracker, Original Supplier, Swapper|
|Firkin (ex)|| (9-1989 -> 2-1990)|| .... ||Cracker, Swapper|
|Fist (ex)|| (6-1989 -> 5-1991)|| .... ||Coder, Cracker, Modem Trader|
|Flatliner (ex)|| .... ||(unknown function)|
|Frank (ex)|| (2-1991 -> 4-1991)|| .... ||Coder, Graphician, Modem Trader, Swapper|
|Garfield (ex)|| (6-1989 -> 2-1991)|| .... ||Coder, Cracker, Swapper|
|Gene (ex)|| (9-1989 -> 2-1990)|| .... ||Modem Trader, Public Relations Manager, Swapper|
|Grego (ex)|| ( -> 12-1993)|| .... ||Sysop|
|Hawkeye (ex)|| (6-1989 -> )|| .... ||Original Supplier|
|Hero (ex)|| (6-1989 -> 5-1991)|| .... ||Modem Trader, Organizer, Public Relations Manager, Swapper|
|Jazzman (ex)|| .... ||Phreaker|
|Kilroy (ex)|| (10-1989 -> 2-1990)|| .... ||Sysop|
|Lucifer (ex)|| (1993 -> 1993)|| .... ||Hacker, Phreaker|
|MRG (ex)|| (6-1989 -> )|| .... ||Coder, Cracker|
|NME (ex)|| (1/7-1992 -> 12-1993)|| .... ||Cracker|
|PK (ex)|| (6-1989 -> 12-1990)|| .... ||Graphician|
|Prodigy (ex)|| (18/2-1992 -> 10-1993)|| .... ||Sysop|
|Professor Entropy (ex)|| (1991 -> 1991)|| .... ||Sysop|
|Pudwerx (ex)|| (18/2-1992 -> 10-1993)|| .... ||Cracker, NTSC-Fixer, Sysop|
|Pyle (ex)|| (1-1991 -> 4-1991)|| .... ||Importer, Modem Trader|
|Radar (ex)|| (11-1992 -> 1992)|| .... ||Modem Trader|
|Rastan (ex)|| .... ||Mega Swapper|
|Rebel (ex)|| (1/7-1992 -> 10-1993)|| .... ||Cracker|
|Reble MC (ex)|| (10-1990 -> 4-1991)|| .... ||Cracker, PAL-Fixer, Swapper|
|Richie (ex)|| (15/2-1990 -> 5-1991)|| .... ||Cracker, Modem Trader, Original Supplier, Swapper|
|Rocky (ex)|| (9-1989 -> 10-1990)|| .... ||Coder, Cracker, Swapper|
|Runesmaster (ex)|| (1992 -> 1992)|| .... ||Hacker, Phreaker, Sysop|
|Sauron (ex)|| (6-1989 -> 5-1991)|| .... ||Cracker, Modem Trader|
|Scarface (ex)|| (1993 -> 1993)|| .... ||Hacker, Phreaker|
|Sebio (ex)|| (2-1991 -> 5-1991)|| .... ||Coder|
|Sodapop (ex)|| (11-1992 -> 12-1993)|| .... ||Phreaker, Swapper, Sysop|
|Susieuzi (ex)|| ( -> 11-1993)|| .... ||Modem Trader, Sysop|
|Tankard (ex)|| (8-1989 -> 9-1989)|| .... ||Swapper|
|TLW (ex)|| (20/10-1989 -> 12-1989)|| .... ||(unknown function)|
|Tronic (ex)|| (11-1992 -> 12-1993)|| .... ||Co-Sysop, Coder, Cracker, Modem Trader, Swapper|
|Xymox (ex)|| (6-1989 -> 1990)|| .... ||(unknown function)|
|Zix (ex)|| (6-1990 -> 5-1991)|| .... ||Coder, Graphician, Swapper|
|Zorlac (ex)|| (1992 -> 10-1993)|| .... ||Modem Trader, Phreaker|
Releases : (552)
Submitted by Captain Kidd on 22 July 2004
|Great people, especially Gene made the group to something special (in a good way). Great work from the crackers and the complete team. ||