Get ready for the goosebumps: ‘Long Island Medium’ Theresa Caputo hopes to help and heal in Atlantic City with two shows at Trop on Oct. 13.
Theresa Caputo, with her down-to-earth vibe, teased blonde hair and big laugh, has a special gift that has made her a hot commodity on the TLC network as star of the TV series Long Island Medium. The show is a nifty blend of Real Housewives-style situations with a hot side order of psychic insight.
Now in its third season since debuting in September 2011, Caputo has passionate devotees, many of whom will pack the Tropicana Showroom twice this Saturday, Oct. 13, for a chance at a reading.
Caputo doesn’t have a chip on her shoulder when it comes to skeptics. You either believe or you don’t. As she says, she didn’t ask for this gift and for many years she was filled with anxiety because she didn’t understand her abilities and seeing and talking to dead people was a burden for a small child, which is when her abilities first manifested themselves.
Now she just wants to be a normal wife and mother whose greatest joy is giving people who have lost someone the comfort of reconnecting with their loved ones. Healing and comfort are her favorite words when it comes to her gift. She doesn’t want any negative reactions to her readings.
In a phone interview, Caputo gave Atlantic City Weekly the inside scoop on life as the Long Island Medium.
How were you approached to do the series on TLC?
My manager, Courtney Mullin, asked me if I wanted to do a television show because I have this amazing gift and she just felt I could help a lot more people by doing a television show. I never thought in a million years that it would turn into — as TLC calls it — a phenomenon. I thought I would do a couple of shows and go on with my life.
How much has your life changed as a result of the spotlight the show has brought you and your family?
It’s very hard to just go out [since I’m recognized]. Of course, I’m busy taping the show, going to venues. I feel like my life is a blur — it just doesn’t seem real. I’m in this dream.
What will your presentation at the Tropicana be like?
People always ask: ‘what’ can they expect? I always say the only thing they can expect is me showing up with my hair and my nails done in a dress wearing fabulous shoes. Everything else — I don’t know what’s going to happen. I can guarantee that spirit [her term for communication with the dead] is going to communicate. I have no plan. I will walk out on stage at three o’clock and eight o’clock. Whatever happens thereafter is up to spirit. I usually give a quick speech, about 15 minutes. People like to know how I got to where I am; they want to know more about me. What’s it like for me to communicate with spirit. Then I go into channeling, at least for an hour and a half, giving as many healing messages as I possibly can. That’s what it’s all about, knowing there is more to life than is here in this physical world. If somebody has lost a loved one due to Alzheimer’s and that person couldn’t express [themselves], they show me how they used to be and how [much they appreciate] what their loved ones did for them when they were not able to communicate. They can validate that they are at peace.
In reading about you and your gift, it sounds like it has evolved, that when you were younger you saw spirits, now it sounds like you feel and hear them.
I didn’t just wake up one day seeing [dead] people. As far back as four, that’s as far back as I remember, I thought that was normal until about the age of 14. That people saw things when they went to bed at night. That they heard people call their name and there was nobody else in the room. I had a very open family and nobody said that I was crazy. I was very blessed to have a family that allowed me to be who I am.
Do you have any control over your gift? I imagine it can be tough in your everyday life, having to deal with normal family stuff and having this gift interfere.
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