Talking to the dead:
Theresa Caputo says she can communicate with the dead. In the lead-up to the New Zealand screening of her reality show, Long Island Medium, she talks about her gift and reveals how she feels about sceptics. Sarah Nealon reports.
TV medium talks about her special ‘gift’.
From the age of four, New Yorker Theresa Caputo knew there was something strange about what she could sense.
The 50-something star of her own reality show, Long Island
Medium, talks to dead people and from a young age began seeing and hearing things other people didn’t.
“I always remember seeing a woman standing at the end of my bed,” she says. “And I didn’t find this out until later when I was in my 20s that it was my great-grandmother who had died two years before I was born.” Then there were other instances. “I remember vividly growing up in a house when I was four and telling the babysitter, ‘Did you just see that woman walk in front of the TV?’ ‘Did you just hear that man call my name?’ ”
Through her childhood and teens,
Caputo, who once wanted to become a Dallas Cowgirls cheerleader, struggled with her ‘gift’.
“I come from a very spiritual family and a strong faith-based family,” says Caputo, who describes herself as a medium.
“I am a practising Catholic and my family has always been open to that very spiritual thing. It was always easy to express my gift and express what it is that I was sensing and feeling.
“When I was really young we didn’t understand exactly what it was. For me, where it became difficult is when I felt restricted in telling my friends because they really didn’t understand.”
Initially, Caputo never considered making a living as a medium but changed her mind as she got older.
“I was in my 20s when I learned to understand what was happening
“People will have something negative to say about anything in life.” – Theresa Caputo
with me,” she says. “I struggled with incorporating my gift with my faith.
“(But) once I did that, my question to God was, ‘This is great. You’ve left me with this amazing gift but who’s going to want to come and see a medium?’ I couldn’t understand that.”
It turns out plenty of people wanted Caputo’s services.
She now tours the United States performing in shows and doing readings for clients.
In the US, Long Island Medium has been on air since 2011 and now New Zealand viewers will get to see her show with TLC screening the first two seasons.
Caputo, who is married with two grown-up children, has appeared on TV shows such as and Dr Oz. She has also written several books about her gift including You Can’t Make This Stuff Up. On her website, Caputo sports big hair, fake nails and what looks like a fake tan. Tattoos adorn her ankles and merchandise for sale includes T-shirts with slogans like, ‘The higher the hair, the closer to God’. Despite her obvious success, Caputo has her detractors but this is something she has learned to deal with. “It comes with the territory,” she says. “People will have something negative to say about anything in life. It’s an opinion. Everyone is entitled to an opinion and I respect that. “Listen, I’m the first one to say that what I do is absolutely crazy. How can someone communicate with someone that is dead?”