Theresa Caputo claims to be a medium. She’s widely known as the “Long Island Medium.” That honorific is also the name of her reality series which airs on TLC. The program debuted in September of 2011.
According to her Web site, Caputo can see, feel, and sense Spirit (that’s how’s she puts it). She’s been doing so since she was four and started communicating with the deceased in her 20s. Caputo has been a practicing medium for more than decade.
"It's harder for me to sit and not channel a soul. That's why I just blurt things out all the time.” — Theresa Caputo
The medium takes her gift on the road via her “Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience.” This live show begins with Caputo telling her audience what to expect and a little about her process. She then shares a few personal anecdotes. After that, she goes right to the “spirit communication.”
Caputo tells her audiences that the spirits will guide her to certain individuals. So don’t come to the venue expecting to receive a reading.
All readings are shown on a large screen so no matter where you’re sitting in the venue you’ll be able to see Caputo and her subject.
Theresa Caputo tickets sell very quickly. It’s not unusual for the medium to perform in front of sold out crowds.
Caputo is also a bestselling author. She has penned two popular books: There’s More to Life than This: Healing Messages, Remarkable Stories, and Insight from the Other Side and You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Life Changing Lessons from Heaven.
As you’d expect, Caputo has detractors. Famed paranormal debunker James Randi says she does nothing more than “cold readings.” Randi believes Caputo has the ability to learn a lot about an individual from innocent small talk. She then uses this information to convince the individual that she actually knows something personal about them and their deceased loved ones.
The phenomenon is called the “Forer Effect.” The “Forer Effect” is how people give credence to descriptions of their personality that seem specific but are actually so vague they could apply to just about anyone. Descriptions such as “you’re a people person,” “you have a great sense of humor,” and “you’re very organized.”
Besides Randi’s public criticisms, writer and speaker D. J. Grothe has called Caputo a charlatan and investigator Ron Tebo accused her of being a fraud.
Regardless of where you stand on Caputo’s claims, her live shows are very entertaining. And if she brings happiness to people she “reads” then who are we to say she’s doing something wrong.