It’s been two years since psychic-medium Theresa Caputo’s reality TV series “Long Island Medium” went off the air, but she believes “all good things come to an end.”
Caputo's show ran for 14 seasons between 2011 to 2019. These days, she's still at work, developing new projects, recording her podcast "Hey Spirit!" and doing live shows. She’ll also be stopping by Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa in Rancho Mirage on Jan. 8.
Caputo said during a recent phone interview she never noticed the cameras on her while filming the series, but she feels “bittersweet” now that it's over and misses the crew members following her through her Hicksville, New York home and in the community.
“I would have never thought in a million years I'd be on TV,” Caputo said. “During the pandemic, the silver lining for me was being able to start a podcast because I was still able to reconnect people with their departed loved ones, not only in the tri-state area, in my home or me going to their home, but all over the world.”
How does a medium prepare to do several readings in an auditorium of hundreds or thousands of people? For Caputo, there’s no difference between the two and said, “there’s only so many souls I can channel and count on at one time.” Amid the pandemic, she still walks out into the audience during her live shows and wears a mask.
"I did not want to have to sacrifice my show and wanted to do my show the way that I've always done it in being able to reconnect people with their departed loved ones, even though they're in a room with hundreds of people," Caputo said.
Caputo faces skepticism
The practice of mediumship is popular with those who believe they can speak to the dead, but like many famous mediums such as Uri Geller, James Van Praagh and John Edward, Caputo also faces skeptics presenting her with the same long-standing dilemma of proving her abilities amid accusations of deceit.
In 2012, The James Randi Foundation awarded Caputo its “Pigasus Award," an unflattering honor bestowed upon individuals labeled as parapsychological, paranormal or psychic frauds.
Ron Tebo, a private investigator and creator of the website scifake.com, told Radar Online that Caputo is like a vulture preying on the most vulnerable.”
But Caputo said she’s the first person to describe what she does as “absolutely crazy” and understands people’s skepticism asking how a medium is able to communicate with someone who died.
“At the end of the day, there was no way I could find these things out, figure these things out, or watch it,” Caputo said. “Looking at their faces, I can physically feel how someone is feeling and the relief (from) whatever it may be. It’s truly an honor to be able to do the work that I do.”
She added the experience of delivering messages from a spirit to their loved ones requires validation with “something completely unique to that person. It could be an event that happened several years ago, something that happened after that person passed away or what their loved ones are currently experiencing or struggling with.
When asked about memorable experiences of doing readings in front of an audience, Caputo said "they're all interesting," because of the common burdens and guilt people feel when a loved one passes away.
"The unique thing about the way I have a spirit validate their presence is they have to validate every healing message with something completely unique to that person," Caputo said. "That's why things are always so interesting, because they are things I wouldn't know and no way I could find out. Some of them are so out of left field the person has forgotten and it might take them a moment to remember."
It's impossible for a psychic-medium to do a live reading for everyone in a theater and Caputo says she asks the spirits to cooperate with her method of "piggybacking" before live shows. But even those who don't receive a reading describe watching her at work as "life changing."
"They'll go on to say they realized there were other people in the theater that needed to hear from their loved ones more than they did that night," Caputo said. "That statement just speaks on what I do and it's much more than communicating with people that died. It gives us the faith and hope we all might be searching for, especially during these times."
If you go
What: The "Long Island Medium" Theresa Caputo presents “The Experience”
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8
Where: Aqua Caliente Resort Casino, 32-250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage
Tickets: From $75
Desert Sun reporter Brian Blueskye covers arts and entertainment. He can be reached at [email protected]
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