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Victor F. Gorodinsky

Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.


In case you're wondering who the heck I am and why you are here:
I was born in Russia (the Soviet Union at the time). I immigrated to the United States in 1982. Lived in beautiful Chicago the first three years, then moved to Champaign-Urbana, IL where I worked at the University of Illinois Library for ten years. In 1995 I relocated to Madison, WI. I work at the University of Wisconsin Library. In 1997 I founded the University of Wisconsin Russian Folk Orchestra.

I am a musician (classical guitar and orchestral conducting) and a magician! You can watch my 4-minute show.
Speaking of which: every year I go to the Abbott's Magic Get-Together in Colon (yes, that's right!), Michigan.
And, the American Museum of Magic is not far, in Marshall, MI.

And, I love traveling. My favorite destination is Montréal, in the Province of Québec, in our great Northern neighbor, Canada. Cette ville est vraiment incroyable!

You can read a recent Library article about me

Would you like to see my photo gallery and videoclips?

* My main piece of bread: I'm a librarian (and a darn good one, mind you!), specializing in Slavic Studies.
* My real addictions: French language, francophone culture (anything French, for that matter), music (Russian folk and other, mostly classical) and yes, MAGIC!!!

* For many years I have been a member of a very unique organization, BDAA (Balalaika and Domra Association of America).
* In July 2005 I organized the 27th annual BDAA convention here in Madison.
* In July 2012 the BDAA will meet in Madison again for its 34th annual convention.

* I belong to IBM, the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

* What else do you need to know about me? I'm a serious movie buff. Currently, I subscribe to Netflix and watch 3 or 4 films a week.

* A few of the magazines I subscribe to: L'actualité from Québec, MacWorld, and The Magic Magazine

* Oh, and here is information about my Russian Folk Orchestra

Still here?! Hm...


Thanks for snooping around, whoever you are... À bientôt! До встречи!