The Juggler by Eric Graham
screenshot added by Wade on 2003-08-28 19:51:16
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release date : november 1986
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added on the 2003-08-28 19:51:16 by Wade Wade

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Ok so it's not a scene release or even a demo, but I decided to post it here anyway since it is possibly the most revolutionary computer production ever!
rulez added on the 2003-08-28 19:55:22 by Wade Wade
rulez added on the 2003-08-28 20:38:48 by stonda stonda
rulez added on the 2003-08-28 21:00:38 by NoahR NoahR
hmmm 1986, ok
rulez added on the 2003-08-29 10:35:29 by ileaardbei ileaardbei
that's something. I even remeber when this bastard was relesead, we thought it looked better than animated cartoons. Time sure flies by...
rulez added on the 2003-08-29 11:27:34 by ekoli ekoli
rulez added on the 2004-07-05 14:47:09 by pyksy pyksy
rulez added on the 2004-09-15 06:07:48 by Buckethead Buckethead
Makes Pixar look like a bunch of amateurs.
rulez added on the 2004-09-15 11:50:31 by DJ Fistfuck DJ Fistfuck
classic :)
rulez added on the 2004-12-26 03:34:32 by EviL EviL
No words for this. I'm crying.
rulez added on the 2005-02-18 00:34:23 by orb orb
Orb you are so right.
rulez added on the 2005-02-18 08:04:05 by Helioth Helioth
What is this? Some kind of demo? ;-)
Ahh.. amazing just to see the screenshot again. :D :D :D
rulez added on the 2005-02-18 09:02:08 by sprocket sprocket
This animation, along with RGB & Focus where the only adverts needed to wow the people into geting the Amiga!
rulez added on the 2005-05-03 11:16:57 by rio702 rio702
i want an amiga, noooow!!!
[well, not really now, but this was my reaction back then...]
rulez added on the 2005-05-03 11:21:13 by FooLman FooLman
So god damn classic. A video anyone?
rulez added on the 2005-05-24 01:20:53 by ManJIT ManJIT
Those colors make me go blind....
added on the 2005-05-24 01:28:03 by beavis77 beavis77
This "Juggler" rocked my amiga world sooo much back in 1986!

At that time I thought it was rendered on a mainframe. ;)
But it really was generated on a 512K Amiga.

It inspired the whole 3D sector.

It was rendered by Eric Graham and released in november! 1986.

This continuously looping sequence has 24 fullcolor frames rendered in a raytracer called "SSG" (this Sculpt 3D ancestor was written by Eric G. himself), that are played at 30 frames per second.

He used a lossless delta compression in 1986!

His wife wrote the Amiga Sculpt 3D manual.
This product helped Amiga a lot.

You inspired us to do our "Megademo" in 1987 Eric.

rulezcdc added on the 2005-07-07 13:27:06 by ALiEN^bf ALiEN^bf
thx for the info alien, updated the date.
rulez added on the 2005-07-07 14:31:16 by dipswitch dipswitch
Amazing! A piece of personal-computer history for me!
Raytracing with 512 kb RAM and 7.14 MHz is simply outstanding!
rulez added on the 2005-08-23 22:46:17 by EarlGrey EarlGrey
A neat 2001 4K remake:
added on the 2005-08-31 02:47:08 by ALiEN^bf ALiEN^bf
those were the days :)
rulez added on the 2005-09-07 16:16:23 by RRR RRR
It was usual to have it running in computer stores back then afair :)
rulez added on the 2005-09-07 16:21:31 by keops keops
A piece of history!
rulez added on the 2005-09-07 16:26:30 by xeron xeron
Amazing! This will always be remembered for being the first but the follow up called "The Magician" took it even further! (not sure if it should be uploaded to pouet as a scene prod tho)

boring 3d fly by with poor texture : hehehehe :)
added on the 2005-09-07 17:56:28 by nytrik nytrik
This is indeed a classic .
rulez added on the 2005-09-07 17:59:01 by Zweckform Zweckform
This historically significant demo kicks ass.
rulez added on the 2005-09-18 12:39:44 by Jatzekk Jatzekk
rulez added on the 2005-09-30 15:09:26 by chavez chavez
Brings back memories of my childhood, the good old days. Masterpiece.
rulez added on the 2005-09-30 15:21:12 by 301 301
great memories!! yeah, this is COOL!
rulez added on the 2005-10-20 10:26:25 by ghandy ghandy
oh yeah
rulez added on the 2005-10-26 14:19:48 by Spewk Spewk
what the hell? :)
rulez added on the 2005-11-13 13:54:54 by Midfit Midfit
rulez added on the 2005-11-13 14:18:04 by StingRay StingRay
Very Nice amiga Demo from Waaay back!
rulez added on the 2005-12-18 01:03:28 by Crystalis_86 Crystalis_86
I think it came along with A500 i got in 1986. Love.
rulez added on the 2005-12-21 19:26:38 by Serpent Serpent
The demo that changed my life :)
rulez added on the 2006-01-26 12:15:46 by Rulio Rulio
Beautiful Animation :)
rulez added on the 2006-01-26 15:33:07 by Sapphire Sapphire
rulez added on the 2006-03-07 18:30:49 by anesthetic anesthetic
An eye-catcher for 1986 ;)
rulez added on the 2006-03-07 18:53:11 by Cj Cj
woohoohoo, one of the most know 3d rendering ever made :)

that animation was so famous that Eric Graham release his 3d-rendered commercialy (Sculpt Animate 3d).
rulez added on the 2006-03-17 15:02:23 by rez rez
Even though I never had an amiga, I still know this :)
rulez added on the 2006-03-17 15:13:38 by Preacher Preacher
This is funny - when I saw this for the first time I thought "Animation! HA That's lame!" and forgot about it quite quickly. Looking back, however, It's easy to recognize the merit.
rulez added on the 2006-03-17 15:43:29 by Hyde Hyde
With this animation I saw an Amiga in action for the first time, in a big store. At that time I had an old XT with Hercules graphics... the difference was really impressive. I'm sure this animation was one of the main reasons to buy an Amiga at that time... at least it was for me :) Oh, I miss my A500 ...
rulez added on the 2006-03-31 01:46:55 by texel texel
this prod BB Image rulez
rulez added on the 2006-03-31 02:04:06 by bdk bdk
Its all been said...
rulez added on the 2006-06-09 16:41:02 by wroceng wroceng
added on the 2006-08-22 14:37:18 by Gaia Gaia
old and cool
rulez added on the 2006-09-12 00:46:08 by Sverker Sverker
1986 - good old days
rulez added on the 2007-05-22 20:48:08 by RA RA
Simply outstanding.
rulez added on the 2007-06-21 19:55:09 by micdune micdune
pretty goddamn impressive for it's time
rulez added on the 2007-08-15 07:51:47 by Gaia Gaia
Bring baaaack the old...
rulez added on the 2007-08-15 07:57:00 by necronomic0 necronomic0
That was cool!
rulez added on the 2007-09-08 16:25:13 by TOMPCpl TOMPCpl
haha, i remember!
rulez added on the 2007-09-08 16:26:10 by substrate substrate
I have to!
rulez added on the 2007-09-08 17:36:25 by fishwave/scx fishwave/scx
rulez added on the 2007-09-08 18:17:59 by Intrinsic Intrinsic
I converted avi to gif so you can use it on your site:
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added on the 2007-09-08 18:27:39 by TOMPCpl TOMPCpl
old memories :D rocks :D
rulez added on the 2007-09-09 03:46:54 by am-fm am-fm
Precalc raytracing in HAM mode !
rulez added on the 2007-10-29 17:21:22 by Nori Nori
part of the amiga history... ;)
rulez added on the 2008-10-03 02:37:37 by ultra ultra
beside the boingball demo and the electric city ( memories of the early childhood ) it stands for the amiga like the pharao picture stands for deluxe paint.

pure history
rulez added on the 2008-10-20 18:15:12 by AMItac_TSA AMItac_TSA
a 24 years late thumb up :)
rulez added on the 2010-01-09 16:24:33 by keito keito
da jugglah!
rulez added on the 2010-01-09 16:36:09 by gentleman gentleman
rulez added on the 2010-01-09 16:42:32 by PENETRATOR PENETRATOR
24 years.
rulez added on the 2010-01-09 17:08:48 by Saga Musix Saga Musix

and nowadays we can do it in realtime , yay :)
rulez added on the 2010-01-10 00:24:01 by ɧ4ɾɗվ. ɧ4ɾɗվ.
Epic technical masterpiece, escpecially for the time.
rulez added on the 2010-03-20 20:44:56 by zstab zstab
Glory from 1986.
rulez added on the 2010-05-02 21:23:11 by Frequent Frequent
Juggle baby, juggle.
rulez added on the 2010-05-02 21:24:34 by infant infant
Glory from 1986.
rulez added on the 2010-05-02 21:27:53 by Defiance Defiance
Legendary juggler.
rulez added on the 2010-09-24 19:40:02 by jack-3d jack-3d
Aah. Happy memories!
rulez added on the 2011-01-30 11:15:33 by pacifist pacifist
Best demo ever
rulez added on the 2011-08-23 16:36:32 by SiR SiR
rulez added on the 2011-08-23 16:41:40 by bodo^rab bodo^rab
In the age of the home computer wars, this blew away the 16-color gfx of most other systems. Fancy animations were the things of movies and million dollar supercomputers.. until '86. 25 years later, this wouldn't even impress on a mobile phone. :) The making-of link is very interesting to read.
rulez added on the 2011-08-23 17:36:14 by phoenix phoenix
Just so you know, I contacted Eric Graham some years ago to ask him if I can make an iPhone conversion (freeware of course) of his animation using an email found a very old website and he nicely replied to me!


Hi Christophe,

Yes, you have my permission. I don't have an iPhone at this time, but you can send me a movie file of the Juggler playing on an iPhone.

One of these days I'd like to implement realtime raytracing on a PC graphics card, I know that someone has already done it.

Good luck with your iPhone application.


\:D/ <3 <3
added on the 2011-09-05 19:38:32 by rez rez
rulez added on the 2012-08-30 22:56:31 by Sir_Lucas Sir_Lucas
Pioneerish :)
rulez added on the 2012-09-23 21:45:20 by ltk_tscc ltk_tscc
rulez added on the 2013-10-15 12:11:08 by prowler prowler
*the* classic
rulez added on the 2013-11-30 22:43:49 by whizart whizart
rulez added on the 2014-01-05 03:23:02 by T$ T$
rulez added on the 2014-05-02 23:37:35 by fizzer fizzer
Behold, for it is the Legend
rulez added on the 2014-05-03 01:31:07 by d0DgE d0DgE
I love Eric's juggler,
so because the Amiga's 30th I decided to make a gpu version on shadertoy https://www.shadertoy.com/view/llXSWr
rulez added on the 2015-07-01 23:43:02 by Pellicus Pellicus
As classic as it can possibly get!
rulez added on the 2015-07-25 23:03:21 by Daniel Daniel
Amiga - playing with your balls since 1986!
rulez added on the 2016-09-12 22:38:09 by JAC! JAC!
See the Juggler running on my Amiga 1000 setup (in 2017) here: https://youtu.be/upjRQZ3c-6w?t=31m37s

Also, note the famous RoboCity demo, which can be seen at 35m25s in. Boing can be seen at 36m25s in.
added on the 2018-01-11 16:56:17 by blakespot blakespot
rulez added on the 2018-01-11 18:14:19 by leGend leGend
A giant of early Amiga, when we weren't so fussy about "scene" and "not scene"
rulez added on the 2019-09-04 23:38:33 by Nosferatu Nosferatu
Another amazing classic! Kudos to who made this
rulez added on the 2022-01-15 21:30:37 by SoDa7 SoDa7
Only Amiga made it possible !
rulez added on the 2022-04-22 10:36:04 by AlienTech AlienTech
Classic of course
rulez added on the 2023-01-30 11:34:59 by Optimus Optimus
precalc should not feature bad dithering
sucks added on the 2024-04-03 20:10:11 by roudoudou roudoudou

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