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Annual S.M.M.U.R.F.F.F. Competition

Society of Memphis Magicians Unique Reward For Finishing First

Every year during the November meeting, The Society of Memphis Magicians (est. 1936) holds an annual competition. The competition is to serve as a focal point to encourage the members to develop a smooth, professional level presentation of their magical skills.  The competition is open to all members of RING 16, which is affiliated with The International Brotherhood of Magicians (est. 1922).

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Previous Winners

                        Please email Jeffrey Day (Secretary/Ring Reporter) with missing information.                    


                                                                       YEAR           SMMURFFF           NOVICE

                                                                       2023            Doug Green

                                                                       2022           ( Postponed Due to COVID )

                                                                       2021            ( Postponed Due to COVID )

                                                                       2020           ( Cancelled Due to COVID )

                                                                       2019            Jeffrey Day

                                                                       2018            Jeffrey Day           Don Berry

                                                                       2017            Jeffrey Day

                                                                       2016            Jeffrey Day

                                                                       2015            Jeffrey Day

                                                                       2014            Jeffrey Day           Tim Grant

                                                                       2013           Nick Toombs

                                                                       2012            Larry Clark

                                                                       2011           Aaron Acosta         Sam Fleishhacker

                                                                       2010         Aaron Acosta          Bentley Burns

                                                                       2009        Richard Oakley        William Chioggi

                                                                       2008        Grayson Smith         Martin Seiler

                                                                       2007         Barry Rice              Bill Thompson

                                                                       2006         Barry Rice              Tim Parker

                                                                       2005        Johnny Williams        Barry Rice

                                                                       2004        Johnny Williams       Mike Blumenthal

                                                                       2003               ? ?

                                                                       2002               ??

                                                                       2001                ??

                                                                       2000           Doug Hendrickson

                                                                       1999            Jim Surprise            Grayson Smith

                                                                       1998             Duc Phan

                                                                       1997             Jim Surprise                    

                                                                       1996             Herb Gould

                                                                       1995             Jim Surprise         Charles H. "Pete" Cross                                

                                                                       1994             Jim Surprise         Rollie Dickerson

                                                                       1993             Jon Stanford 

                                                                       1992             Ronnie Rucker

                                                                       1991              Jim Surprise 

                                                                       1990             Jon Standford

                                                                       1989              Jon Stanford

                                                                       1988              Jim Surprise 

                                                                       1987              Mike Clayton

                                                                       1986              Jim Surprise

                                                                       1985              Ronnie Rucker and Kim Edwards tied

                                                                       1984              Jim Surprise

                                                                       1983              Jim Surprise

                                                                       1982              Richard "Dick" Oakley    John Sorrell

                                                                       1981               Jim Surprise


  1. Two categories are available: SMMURFFF & NOVICE (there must be at least two contestants in each category or the category will be canceled)  Any member in good standing of RING 16 may enter the SMMURFFF competition.
  2. The NOVICE category can only be entered by individuals who have never won either the Novice or the SMMURFFF competition. presentations must be less than 10 minutes in length.  Spectators should have fun, however remember that the performer is trying to win so please respect the performance and leave the room if you wish to talk.
  3. Entry and Order of Presentation:  The NOVICE Competition will be held first, immediately followed by the SMMURFFF Competition.  All eligible members wishing to participate should sign up with the RING Secretary before the beginning of the business. meeting. At sign up time they will indicate which category they wish to compete in.  When signing up contestants will draw a number that will be used to determine the order of appearance. The list of participants and the order of appearance will be read at the end of the business meeting. Each act will be introduced by the President or Vice President. The introduction will be only the name of the individual unless a special introduction is necessary to set up the performance context. In that case, the introduction must be provided by the performer, to be used by the Introducer.


ONLY RING MEMBERS will be able to vote in the judging of participants.

No individual may cast a vote for their own performance.

Judging will be on four areas:

  • Technical skill with the illusion or prop used
  • Auditory presentation of the illusion either by patter or music;
  • General Impression of the performance;
  • Ranking of the individual.

Categories A, B and C will be judged on a 5 point scale with 1 being low and 5 being high. The winner will be the individual with the highest point total.

In cases of a tie Category D will be used with the highest ranked individual in the tie winning. This may not be the highest ranked individual in the competition.

As the purpose of the competition is to improve the magical skill and performance of RING members and as lay people are often useful in highlighting a magical effect, guests are invited to attend the competition.


The SMMURFFF winner will receive a wall plaque or trophy and will have his/her dinner at the Holiday party provided by RING 16.

The SMMURFFF winner will perform at the Holiday party.

The SMMURFFF winner will be expected to present a Front Table Teaching Session during the next calendar year.

The Novice Category winner will receive a wall plaque or a certificate indicating that they have won the novice division.

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