Joseph Pohlmeier stood board-stiff while two jugglers tossed clubs behind and in front of him on Friday.
He loosened up when he tried juggling scarves.
"I learned a lot of new things," the 7-year-old said. "It made me want to try it at home."
Youngsters discovered all sorts of things they can try at home when the Hanson Family Jugglers performed on Friday. The performance was sponsored by Q.B. Boydstun Library, but held at Fort Gibson United Methodist Church fellowship hall.
Hanson Family members encouraged such curiosity, telling youngsters to reach for the stars.
Mark Hanson, the father in the family, said reaching for the stars means "learning to do things that seem impossible."
"To learn hard things, you have to work hard," Hanson said. "The second way to learn hard things is to follow instructions."
He demonstrated by spinning a plastic disc atop a thin rod.
"It's not that easy unless you follow instructions," he said, using his wrist to make the rod turn circles. "I take the rod and I hold it down at the bottom. Some people use their whole arm. That won't work."
He said a third way to learn hard things is to never give up.
"This is actually the most important tip of all," he said, recalling how he dropped every single ball in his first attempts to learn juggling.
"If I had given up, I would never have learned to juggle, would I?" he said. "What I did was I told myself I don't care how hard it is. I don't care how long it takes. I am never going to give up until I learn to juggle."
He said he kept practicing until he got good and kept practicing until he got better.
"Every time you learn something hard, you're not very good at the beginning, and you fail a lot," Hanson said. "Every time you fail, pick up the ball and say, 'I'm never going to give up.'"
Over time, juggling became more fun, he recalled.
"I kept getting faster and faster," he said.
According to the World Record Academy website, Hanson made 417 catches while juggling three balls in 2012. That made him the fastest three-ball juggler at the time.
Hanson and other family members demonstrated different juggling techniques.
He and daughter Christa B. Hanson tossed plastic clubs back and forth while Kayleigh Smith and Joseph stood in the middle.
"It was over me and behind me," Kayleigh said.
Joseph said he was a little scared at first.
The Hansons put in a pitch for the library. Mark Hanson said he found several books about juggling at his local library.
Christa B. Hanson also demonstrated unicycle techniques at Friday's event.
After the performance, youngsters tried spinning plates, juggling scarves or twirling banners.