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The Illusion Spin


Record Breaker
Jun 21, 2003
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The "illusion spin" was accidentally invented by Jacqueline du Bief (FRA) when she lost control on the entrance into a camel spin. Which skaters do you think perform the best ones?
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Jan 28, 2010
Sotnikova of course. :agree: I expect new rule changes for this spin, some of them is too ugly. :disapp:


Record Breaker
May 19, 2011
There are some good illusion spins but there are some really ugly ones too.

I think what defines a good illusion spin is the ability to keep a straight line from the head to the toe without bending/kicking the free leg to sustain the motion.

I think Adelina has one of, if not the, best illusion spins right now:

I think Anna Pogorilaya has one of the worst ones of the top ladies. Whereas Adelina's illusion seems to start at the top of her head with her free leg following the motion, Anna's illusion is completely driven by her kicking her free leg: The leg is bent and wild's just not a pretty move for her.

I'm trying to think of some other nice illusions. I see a number of nice illusions in footwork but not that many great ones in the spins nowadays.


May 3, 2014
im not a big fan of sotnikova but i must credit her for executing that jump beautifully, total control on that spin


On the Ice
Aug 7, 2014
Some illusion spins look more like a failed camel than an actual illusion, so Im not shocked to hear that illusions were failed camels originally. Although I like her, I think Edmunds has an awkward illusion, she doesn't dip her head down or get her free leg extended into the air high enough. I like illusions in combination to other spins, I don't like them in step sequences where some skaters have been putting them


Record Breaker
Dec 6, 2013
I LOVE the illusion spin. So few skaters can perform it well; Sotnikova has the best illusion spin, Asada's is decent, and Pogorilaya's is bad, to put it mildly.


On the Ice
Jun 28, 2014
I'm not a fan of illusion spins, they doesn't even look like a spin.
Carolina and Adelina do the only acceptable ones.

Dr. Jenn

Jan 10, 2014
I agree with lilahozi - Most skaters perform the illusion spin rather poorly. As a former baton twirler, I was pleased to see a common baton twirling move (toss illusion, toss double illusion, etc.) on ice, but mortified by the poor technique I saw from (the vast majority of the) top-tier skaters. Skaters could definitely take some tips from baton twirlers when it comes to illusion technique!


Record Breaker
Jul 26, 2003
We're seeing a lot of illusions as entries to spins this season, especially forward illusion into layback, as so far the most common example of the new difficult entry level feature.

For the last several years we've been seeing them in step sequences as one way to include full-body movement.


Record Breaker
Jan 25, 2013
I like Sotnikova's illusion and she executes it very well ... would prefer a bit more of a split but it's still clean -- a lot of illusions look sloppy, like Osmond's and Kostner's, but it's an incredibly hard spin to execute properly, since your core is constantly shifting up and down, rather than a static core position (like most spin positions) where you don't bob your centre of gravity up and down.


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Record Breaker
Feb 13, 2014
Adelina immediately came to mind for me as well.

When I first saw fs as a child, the occasional illusion spin was my absolute favorite move above all else :love:


Record Breaker
Oct 30, 2012
I agree that Sotnikova has the best illusion spin, not just the straight line she keeps, but also she can do that continuously.


On the Ice
Sep 27, 2003
I DETEST poorly done illusion spins, one of my biggest pet peeves in skating. Almost no one does them well but I suppose many try to garner extra CoP points/levels. sigh.:eek:hwell:


Final Flight
Jun 14, 2014
Many do them to get points but they look just plain ugly.

The only one who has a good one is Sotnikova, she executes it very well.
There are SO many possible positions, I don't get why say Pogorilaya chooses THIS position when it clearly does no good for her :/