Theresa Caputo doesn’t shy away from the fact that people are skeptical of her abilities, and their skepticism doesn’t stop the Long Island mom turned reality-show sensation and famous medium from helping folks connect with their deceased friends and relatives.
“I’m the first one to say what I do is crazy,” Caputo said in a recent phone interview. “I struggled with my gift. Up until my 20s, I only thought I could speak to my own loved ones.”
The New York Times best-selling author and star of TLC’s hit series, “Long Island Medium,” will bring her stage show, “Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience,” to the F.M. Kirby Center in downtown Wilkes-Barre at 7:30 p.m. April 10.
Caputo will share personal stories about her life and explain to the audience how her gift works before delivering “healing messages” to audience members who may need to connect with counterparts who are no longer among the living.
First through a small, private practice, and then through her popular TV series, which will air its eighth season beginning on April 8, Caputo has earned a reputation for being a conduit between souls in Heaven, as she puts it, and the living loved ones who might experience relief, reassurance and even closure through the communication she provides.
“No matter who we lose or how they die, we are left with burdens and guilt,” Caputo said. “They will acknowledge things you are holding onto, so you can relieve these burdens and start to heal. They want us to embrace life with happiness and joy.”
Caputo said a common misconception is that she will predict the future or tell people what way they should lean on major decisions. A practicing Catholic who had to reconcile her religion with her “gift,” Caputo says the connection is more profound than that.
“Spirit is not there to tell us what we should or shouldn’t do with our lives,” she said. “We tend to think that what we experience in life, everyone experiences, and that’s simply not true.”
Although Caputo “reads” clients during pre-arranged appointments on her reality show, she also tends to approach people at random when she receives a message specific to someone near her.
In a room of more than 1,800 people, like the Kirby Center holds at capacity, one might assume her experience is overwhelming.
“Honestly, it is, but it isn’t,” Caputo said in response to the assumption. “I always tell my audiences, whether its five people or five thousand, there are only so many souls I can channel. What I love about the live experience is it tends to make me more animated. There’s a lot more levity in the reading. It’s an emotional roller coaster, and Spirit is taking us on a journey that includes sadness, but it also includes hope and healing.”
Caputo said new audience members often arrive not knowing what to expect and leave with new perspectives on life and death.
“Spirit is going to guide me around the space and deliver a message no matter where you’re seated. You might not get read, but you’ll see other people’s experiences. Sometimes members of the audience know someone who gets read, and their reaction is, ‘Oh my god, that wasn’t public knowledge. What I witnessed changed my life.’”
Caputo’s latest book, “Good Grief: Heal Your Soul, Honor Your Loved Ones, and Learn to Live Again,” was released last year, and Caputo said the volume is the result of the personal connection and bond she feels with the people she reads.
“The feedback I get is that once people validate the reading and find faith in the other side, now their struggling with, ‘I don’t know how to move on; I don’t know how to heal. There’s no wrong way to grieve. ‘Good Grief’ was an extension of, ‘OK, I’m seeing the signs; how do we participate in life again.’”
Excited for the premiere of her eighth season, Caputo offered brief insight into the ever-changing world of a medium.
“People’s stories are never the same,” she said.