ATLANTA — Not since John Edward has a medium taken the country by storm the way Theresa Caputo has since her TLC show “Long Island Medium” debuted a year ago.
Her reality program is a blend of day-to-day life with her family, spontaneous readings to strangers on the street and more formal connections with the dead for clients who request them. She’s loud and gregarious, with gravity-defying hair and fabulous shoes, a Yankee version of TV host Nancy Grace.
Caputo has started doing theater shows, doing live readings. She’s already netted a Priceline commercial and a skit making fun of her on “Saturday Night Live.” We talked last week:
She thought the “SNL” sketch about her was hilarious. “They did it perfectly. My only thing: They didn’t get my hair high enough!”
She doesn’t mean to make people cry, although they often do. “It’s their loved ones! They’re making them cry. I think I should take stock in tissue paper!”
She first started speaking to spirits at age 4. “I thought it was normal. Then my friends started telling me it wasn’t normal, that only crazy people heard voices. So I started blocking them out. I suffered a lot of anxiety. Only later in life did I realize I was communicating with spirits.”
At 28 she went through a process of “‘Who am I? Why was I chosen?’ My higher power told me this was my journey in the physical world. This was my purpose. I put all my fears in God’s hands. It was just amazing. For 12 years, I’ve been building my business through word of mouth. I didn’t have a website. Even before the show started on TLC, I was booked for two years and had a waiting list.”
She is serious about what she does, “but in a lighthearted way. All I guarantee is my great hair, nails and shoes. The rest is up to the spirits. The show is usually two hours. I know my limits.”
She often faces skeptics, to which she responds, “I totally respect skeptics. I get it. They don’t have to believe in what I do. I just want a skeptic to experience it before they start judging me.”