12:32 am - 10/02/2012

Long Island Medium post!

Can Theresa Caputo, aka the Liong Island Medium really communicate with your deceased loved ones?

She did with one of mine.

Well, it sure seemed like it, anyway, when I sat down to interview her Thursday. I'm what you might call a skeptical believer. I'd really like to believe that this type of spirit-to-earth communication is possible. But come on ... this lady from Long Island with the big hair is the lucky chosen one through which all of our loved ones can send messages?

But Caputo, (whose TLC series about her practicing her gift returns Sunday for its third season), was able to provide me with some very specific, personal information about my own passed loved one, and these aren't things that would show up in a Google search or even a background check on me. In short, I don't think she used any sort of trickery. At the very least, she's incredibly perceptive – spookily perceptive.

The longtime medium opened up about what she does for a living, addressing her fans, skeptical believers and the all-out skeptics.

Can you describe what happens to you when you're getting a message from someone on the other side? What are you seeing or hearing?
I really don't know how this works, because I've always been like this. I just know that when I'm in front of someone, and spirit is speaking, it just happens. Spirit has me say things, I feel things. I see things like filmstrips, or those [flip] books from when you were a kid. Before all my sessions I give the speech on how I connect with spirit. As I give that speech to someone, that's my symbol to spirit that I'm ready to work. So they start to clear my own personal thoughts, and they replace my feelings and emotions with signs and symbols to be able to relay messages to [their loved ones].

Why do spirits communicate with symbols? Why don't they just come out and speak in plain English?
I know! It's just not like that. I always say I'll find out when I'll get there. I don't mean to sound crazy, but it's almost like their soul enters me. They're not my thoughts, they're not my feelings, they're not my emotions. Spirit is making me feel things to get me to say something. I think it has to do with something with the way they're able to communicate to us with energy.

What are some of the most amazing moments you've had reading people lately?
Every reading, every person that I encounter, is life changing. The thing about my gift is that we've all lost somebody, that's the bottom line. And we do, unfortunately, lose people in a similar way. Heart attack, cancer, car accident. But it's the specific details that spirit gives that validates that presence. That is the crazy, unbelievable stuff. It freaks me out on a daily basis!

Do you ever have a client who wants to hear from someone and that spirit doesn't come through?
No. Did they get a message that they didn't expect? Absolutely. Happens every time. Because a reading is what we need, not what we want. I feel that what I am able to do as a medium is to validate for us that what we're sensing, feeling, knowing, is our loved ones. We're not crazy. It's not our imagination. They are still with us, just in a different way.

You say a lot that you're not trying to prove anything...
I was just going to say that!

Can you elaborate on that?
I tell people, you don't have to go to a medium to speak to your loved ones. I don't speak about any other medium or psychic – only myself. Personally, I want spirit to come through with messages that will give us the most healing. And I want to use it in a positive way. Not trying to prove anything. It doesn't have anything to do with me. I'm just able to validate for you.

With all due respect, have you ever been evaluated by a medical health professional?
I was in therapy for years. I call myself crazy! I'm a crazy blonde lady that speaks to dead people. It is crazy what I do! But it's an amazing crazy. From a very young age, I would always say to my mom, I don't feel right, I don't feel like I belong. I suffered from anxieties for many years. I would hear things and feel things. But my therapist would say, 'Theresa, there's nothing wrong with you.' I was never called schizophrenic, nothing like that. I began seeing a spiritual healer where I learned how to understand what spirit was telling me, what the signs and symbols meant – how to interpret it. I believe everyone has an intuition, a gut instinct. Are some stronger than others? Yes. Anything that I "know" about a client comes from spirit. I'm just able to connect with everybody's loved ones.

Why you?
I struggled with that for many years. I still don't know why me. I think it's just my soul's journey. Once I accepted that and released the fear, I just said, you know what? Whatever's happening is helping people. But I am certified through a foundation. They monitor and get feedback on readings and things like that, to acknowledge the accuracy. I believe we're all placed here for a purpose and to make differences in lives and this is just mine.

Is it ever scary to hear from the deceased?
When I was a child, I thought this was normal. That's what I knew. As I got older and started sharing with my friends: "You don't hear people call your name? You don't see people at the end of your bed at night?" And they'd be like, "that ---- is crazy!" [Once as an adult,] I'm sitting in my kitchen, I look out my front window and there's a man with a flannel shirt looking in my front window. I'm like, OK, that's a little creepy. Then I would say to the client, did your brother wear a plaid shirt, a flannel shirt, was he a lumberjack? [The client said] he was a landscaper, he was in a tree service and he wore flannel shirts.

Are you ever wrong in a reading?
It's not wrong, it's that sometimes people don't understand it. I always say, spirit is never wrong in what they try to communicate. What could be incorrect, or just have a different meaning, is my interpretation of it. And I'm the first one to say I misinterpreted something, or that we don't get it at that moment. I record all of my sessions for clients because readings are like movies. You ever see a movie the third or fourth time, and you get more out of it? Same thing with a reading.

What would you say to skeptics, or worse – people who say you're preying on the grief-stricken for profit?
All I know is that there is more to life than just here in the physical world. You don't have to believe in mediums. I'm not here to prove anything or defend my gift. I'm here for you to have the experience of knowing that your loved ones are still with you. Children have come up to me and say, 'I'm not afraid to die,' or, 'I know my grandparents are with me. I know that they're OK.' I can't stress this enough: what I do is so much more than me speaking to dead people. Do you know how many times people have come to a reading and it restored their faith? Families are reunited after a reading. I charge people for my time. I've been told for years I could get more money, but I choose not to because it is for the highest good of all concerned. I'm very blessed. I have what I need. I have my family, I have my health. I just want to continue to touch as many lives, change as many lives as I can. And give back.

OP notes: There is a video at the source. I couldn't find some preview for the next episode so this will have to do. And I need some reading of my own tbh!

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ohkimosabe 3rd-Oct-2012 01:08 pm (UTC)
I want to meet her.
ani_di_franco 3rd-Oct-2012 01:11 pm (UTC)
I love this show. Even if she wasn't a medium, it would still be entertaining.
life_after_luv 3rd-Oct-2012 01:14 pm (UTC)
I watch her show and cry all the time. I've lost my mom and both my sisters, so I can relate to a lot of the people she talks too.

I watched John Edward the other day on Dr. Phil. He was communicating with one of the victims about her boyfriend, from the Batman shooting. She broke my heart. I'm such a sap.

I'm a sucker when it comes to medium shows. I can't help it.

Edited at 2012-10-03 01:15 pm (UTC)
ohbother_piglet 3rd-Oct-2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
YES I saw that. I can't watch any of those shows without bawling. My dad's the same way, though he tends to start crying sooner than I do.
_______awshucks 3rd-Oct-2012 02:48 pm (UTC)
John Edward and Dr.Phil sound like a bad combination :/
andisprohi 3rd-Oct-2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
John Edwards has been proven to be sneaky, though. His staffers uses microphones and cameras to listen in on what his audience in line says. He also plants some of them in line to chat up the audience. He plants some of those people in numbered seats, too. Then when he goes on stage, he's able to say "Oh, I'm reading a grandpa that died on someone's birthday. I'm feeling so warm. Oh, it's your grandpa ? I'm sensing he lived in Florida or Hawaii before he died. Did he pass from dementia or a heart attack ? Did he have a favorite game show ?"
life_after_luv 3rd-Oct-2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
I don't really know. I don't follow John Edward. I watched his show years ago. This was the first time I saw him on something in a while, besides the Kardashian's. I was referring to girl making me sad. I felt terrible for her, when she was describing her boyfriend protecting her from the gunfire in the theatre.
dramatik_irony 3rd-Oct-2012 01:21 pm (UTC)
She's so endearing.
jeffreyuno_1 3rd-Oct-2012 01:25 pm (UTC)
She is full of crap. She was on Andy Cohen's show and actually asked, "Did anyone have a relative with a skin condition...acne, rash, whatever?
truelasher 3rd-Oct-2012 01:36 pm (UTC)
I think her initial questions are usually very vague, however, once she connects with a specific person it does seem like she begins throwing out more detailed information that makes her seem legit.
eyduh 3rd-Oct-2012 01:30 pm (UTC)
So is she for real, ONTD?
jmfunnyface 3rd-Oct-2012 01:41 pm (UTC)
I don't think she's for real. However, watching some of those people on her show they seem so desperate for closure that if hearing her say those things makes them feel better, then I think she's doing them a service.
tiny_balrog 3rd-Oct-2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
ia. these people want to hear someone say that their loved one misses/loves/forgives them, so they will allow themselves to be tricked by someone like her. i think it's shitty of her to capitalize on people's grief but if it lets someone get closure then that's their business.
yummyhead2toe 3rd-Oct-2012 01:48 pm (UTC)
I think so. What she says seems to be so "spot on" to those getting readings.
recenthistory 3rd-Oct-2012 01:53 pm (UTC)
I think so. She gets very specific in the readings.
marywebgirl 3rd-Oct-2012 03:57 pm (UTC)
She's pretty much full of shit. Cold reading is a skill that hucksters have been developing for centuries:

ponpiri 3rd-Oct-2012 04:38 pm (UTC)
I think so. I've been to a few psychics, mediums and frauds and she gives off a good ~vibe.
xo_soccer9 3rd-Oct-2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
i don't know. however, my friend saw her before she was famous and she told her and her family things about her grandfather that literally no one else knew. my friend is also an atheist and is not a very spiritual/religious person at all so she was really shocked at what teresa knew.

Edited at 2012-10-03 08:29 pm (UTC)
esoteriq 4th-Oct-2012 12:37 am (UTC)
No, and bless anyone who believes in this scam artist shit.
actrisse 3rd-Oct-2012 01:40 pm (UTC)
What's funny is I've lived on Long Island my entire life and I have never met anyone as stereotypically ~Long Island as she is. I can't deal with her acccent.
yummyhead2toe 3rd-Oct-2012 01:49 pm (UTC)
Watching her show depresses me as it makes me too aware of my mortality and how susceptible we are to illness.
theratwhispers 3rd-Oct-2012 01:49 pm (UTC)
It is so easy to fake this stuff. I don't believe there is any such thing as the afterlife, but I love reading about ghost mythology. Go figure.

All you need to do is ask vague enough questions, and if the person is SUPER DESPERATE, they will feed you the real information willingly.
recenthistory 3rd-Oct-2012 01:53 pm (UTC)
Have you ever watched the show though? Her questions are not vague. They can be very specific.
theratwhispers 3rd-Oct-2012 01:58 pm (UTC)
I don't believe in the afterlife, and it is very easy to fake that stuff, and just know things from listening in on a person's conversation. I watched it and still think its a bunch of humbug. Half of what she talks about, sounds like how my friend was with paranoid schizophrenia.
tiny_balrog 3rd-Oct-2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
people edit her show... watch any unedited live event with a psychic and you'll see them grasping for straws.
courtkneee1 3rd-Oct-2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
Lying or delusional?
burn_a_miracle 3rd-Oct-2012 02:09 pm (UTC)
My mom and her mom and her friends want to pay for a private session with her. I think it would help her a lot and put her at ease. Idk, even if it was fake it would make her feel so much better.
ohbother_piglet 3rd-Oct-2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
My aunt really, really wants to go too but she had a year waiting list when the show was filming, so I can't imagine what she has now. I think most of these things are fake, but I find hers to be pretty spot-on and detailed.
mankini 3rd-Oct-2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
Aww your username!
gimmer05 3rd-Oct-2012 02:13 pm (UTC)
I don't know how I feel about her specifically; but, I do believe there are people who sense things more.

On my Honeymoon my husband and I went to New Orleans and I had my palm read. Some of the things he knew were things you could just read from me if you were perceptive like I'm iron deficient (I was wearing shorts and had a lot of bruises) and I'd lost a lot of weight (small but with stretch marks). But some of the things were eerie. He knew I hated open water and told me I sank with the ship in a previous life. He knew that I wrote. He knew that I had a temper. At the time my husband and I were planning on moving out of state and he said we'd find a house local and less than 9 months later we ended up putting an offer on a house. He knew I'd get pregnant on accident within a year and he was right (wrong about the sex though).

So I guess I'm a skeptic who sometimes believes. It's all very interesting.
andisprohi 3rd-Oct-2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
"and told me I sank with the ship in a previous life"

I'm gonna be Debbie Downer and say it was an easy guess to make. Once you said "yes, I hate open water", it gave him the green light to think up "you drowned in a past life" or "You're right to fear it, something bad will happen on the water in the future. Be careful. Wear a lifejacket." Many people like to read or write. Many writers also have tempers. Most newlyweds do move, buy another house (hoping it's near friends and family), and get pregnant within a year of the wedding.

gimmer05 3rd-Oct-2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
I would tend to agree with you except at the time we were planning to move closer to family and he said that no, we would stay where we were but in a different town near by. Also, we were trying to prevent pregnancy and he even said it would be an accident.

I think there are a lot of hacks and a few with genuine skills. He may have been a hack but if he was he was right about a lot of specifics because I tried hard to not give anything away and he was VERY specific. Including knowing very specific family illnesses and my mom's pregnancy losses without asking if I had siblings first.
crossingthesea 3rd-Oct-2012 02:14 pm (UTC)
Her approach is very open. I find her to be dead on in her readings. You can tell by how people react that's it's for real.

Maybe it's edited to look this way, although I've watched carefully and don't get this impression, but she doesn't seem to be "hunting" or producing vague, ubiquitous details like others famous in the field tend to. I find her refreshing across the board. Can't wait for new episodes.
door 3rd-Oct-2012 02:32 pm (UTC)
I think she's so endearing.
katesamaloo 3rd-Oct-2012 02:34 pm (UTC)
I love her. Idk if I believe her, but it's so interesting to watch. If anybody is interested in this stuff, you should watch No One Dies in Lily Dale.
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