Thomas Meier, 14, was caught stealing. And flashing. But he wasn't breaking the law--just some rules of magic.
Meier is a member of the Magic Castle's Junior Group, and he was caught pulling a prop out of its hiding place--"stealing"--and letting the audience see something he was trying to conceal--"flashing." But he was performing for a tough crowd: professional magicians and other members of the group, 40 or so 13- to 20-year-olds. (Once they turn 21, they become members of the Magic Castle, a private club in Hollywood.)