Theresa Caputo, star of TLC’s “Long Island Medium,” says she can’t predict what will happen on her upcoming tour of live shows — but she knows her hair will be good.
“I always tell everyone is what you can expect is that I’ll have my hair and my nails done, and I’ll be in a beautiful dress and fabulous shoes,” she says. “That’s all I’ve got so far.”
The 49-year-old self-proclaimed spirit medium will share her ability to speak to the beyond at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre on Feb. 20 and Boston’s Citi Wang Theatre on Feb. 28. At each live show, which she calls "the experience," Caputo will communicate with various audience members' loved ones, relaying messages from the spirit world.
Caputo’s team tells us three times not to ask her for personal readings during our interview — a thought that had maybe crossed our minds a dozen times or so since committing to said interview — and we sadly oblige. Caputo alludes that her skillset is more of an organic one that comes to her without notice or agenda; so it’s likely the request for an on-demand, over-the-phone reading would be sort of rude. In fact, she says the spirits are the ones that guide her live show, pointing her to audience members to call on, explaining why each performance's expectations are a bit vague at the moment.
“In a venue, I’ll start to sense and feel things,” says Caputo. “Whether you’re in the first row, last row or all the way up in the balcony, spirits will guide me through that theater and they will have me stop and speak to someone. It's just amazing. I'm amazed by it every time."
She keeps reiterating her own shock — saying things like, "It would have been impossible for me to know those things!" or "There's no way I could have known that!" — in response to specific details revealed through her live communications, potentially because Internet skeptics who accuse her of tactics such as eavesdropping on guests and interviewing attendees before shows. But Caputo's fully aware of the online haterade, and opts to not use the terms "believe" or "skeptic."
"I try to use the word 'understand,'" she explains.
"I’m the first one to say what I do is crazy," Caputo continues. "How can someone communicate with people that have died? But then, it's the same thing where it's like, how would I know these things if the spirit didn't talk about [them]? It's the same exact thing. You know?"
But really, about those skeptics: "I respect how people feel, it's someone's opinion," Caputo concludes. "But you can't change the fact that after someone comes — whether they come for a private reading or group reading or the experience — they feel different, and they're able to live their lives in a positive way. And that's what it's about."