Thursday, November 9, 2017
By GUY D’ASTOLFO
Theresa Caputo will bring her live show to Youngstown on Sunday, just days after her TV show, “Long Island Medium,” launched its tenth season.
A spiritual conduit with a New York accent, she communicates with the deceased, relaying their messages to the person she “reads.”
She also connects with the living, as witnessed by her large and faithful audience.
Caputo last visited Youngstown in November 2015, and remembered the evening as a powerful experience. “There is something special about Youngstown,” she said in a recent phone interview.
Caputo will be back in Covelli Centre, where she will once again get as close as possible with those in the arena. She described what to expect.
“I start by giving a quick speech on how a spirit communicates in a large venue and answer any questions,” she said. “Then I get down to communicating. I get in the crowd. We have big screens set up so everyone can see, and the cameras follow me around. I want everyone to feel that they are in my home, so we can connect with the souls of their loved ones.”
Caputo first became aware that she could sense the departed when she was 4 years old. “I was seeing people in the room when there was no one else in the room but myself,” she said. “As a child, no one made a big deal about it, and I said to mom, ‘I don’t feel right – I feel different,’ and she said, ‘There’s nothing wrong with you.’
“Later, in my 20s, I learned I could connect with my and others’ loved ones,” she continued. “As a practicing Catholic, I struggled with it, but I realized I was blessed. I reconcile souls with my gift. No matter who we lose or how they died, we are left with a burden of guilt, and by seeing a medium, spirit will acknowledge it and stop you from holding back what you are feeling.”
How does Caputo select which audience members she reads? “They [spirits] speak to me,” she said. “I sense it and start talking about it, and it is life-changing for that person.
“I’m the first to say that what I do is crazy,” she continued. “It’s amazing. I am going to talk about things that [an audience member] hasn’t shared with someone else, and it validates it. The souls of their loved ones are with us.”
When asked if anyone else in her family has the gift, Caputo was expansive.
“I believe and know that every person has the ability to connect with their own loved ones, to sense and receive signs and symbols,” she said. “That soul connection is there, and I’ve learned how to understand what I was sensing. I didn’t wake up one day and say, ‘I want to talk to dead people for a living.’ I didn’t understand what was going on at first. Of course there are common things, because there are common ways in which people’s lives end and how they feel, but the things that I read and can tell people, there is no way I could know, and there’s always something new and different every day. ”
It’s this emotional power and the uniqueness of every case that keeps Caputo on her spiritual toes.
“I always say every single reading affects me,” she said. “There could be a parent who lost a child in an accident, or a brother who served our country, and who now is speaking about preventing suicide. I deal with tragedy every single day. But at the end of the day, we deserve the gift of peace and healing.”
Speaking to the departed is an act that carries tremendous weight but is never a burden, said Caputo.
“It doesn’t get me down,” she said. “Quite the opposite. The spirit communicates with laughter. They don’t want us to forget how to laugh.”
Caputo is the author of three books: “There’s More to Life than This: Healing Messages, Remarkable Stories, and Insight from the Other Side” (Atria Books, 2013); “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: Life Changing Lessons from Heaven” (Atria Books, 2014); and “Good Grief: Heal Your Soul, Honor Your Loved Ones, and Learn to Live Again” (2017).
Her show, “Long Island Medium,” airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on TLC.