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She’s a mother, she’s a Long Island native, she’s a New York Times best-selling author and she’s…a medium? Since its debut in 2011, TLC’s Long Island Medium and its charismatic, big-haired star Theresa Caputo have become household names. Running 8 seasons strong, the show follows Caputo throughout her home of Hicksville, N.Y. and features her doing readings on clients and, often, readings on anyone who passes her by. As a medium, she connects with spirits of the passed on and shares messages from beyond. She will be bringing her clairvoyant skills here to Scheels Arena on November 7 for her popular tour, “Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience.” We got to speak with her about her special gift and what to expect out of her live show experience.
Buy tickets for “Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience” November 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Scheels Arena.
Have you ever been to Fargo before?
I have, I was there for another live show. The shows are always different though. You never know what to expect when Spirit is around. I always say to people that the only thing you can expect when you come to a live show is that it’s going to be like watching Long Island Medium…but without shopping. It’s strictly me channeling people.
The tour is in large spaces, but I am so proud of the intimate moments that we have been able to create. I come out on stage, I give about a 10-minute speech and then Spirit will guide me around. I am not on that stage. I am in the crowd right in front of you, delivering messages. We also have cameras following me and screens set up so you can follow me around this amazing experience.
Tell us a bit more about your show and what guests can expect?
They can expect a life-changing moment. They can expect laughter. They can expect that Spirit is going to take them on an emotional rollercoaster of being able to feel their loved ones. They can feel the grief, the sorrow or even the pain, but in the same breath, Spirit is going to give us the gift of laughter. Spirit is going to give us the validation that there is more to life than just the physical world. That souls are still with us. I want everyone to know that they have that connection with their loved one. Those little things that go on around them that remind them of the loved one, I want them to know that that is a direct connection. They’re not crazy, it’s not their imagination. It is truly the soul of their loved one letting them know they are still with them.
What’s it like bringing your show across the country and going on tour? What’s your favorite part?
My favorite part is that I get to meet my fans in person. They get to see Spirit channel live. I have the most amazing fans and I love and appreciate every one of them. They understand and they get it. Because of my gift, it has helped them to embrace and to live life a little easier. Life is hard and nothing is easy, but by sharing certain messages from Spirit, it hopefully can make it easier to embrace life with happiness and joy.
You mentioned having wonderful fans all across the country. What’s it been like becoming such an icon in this field that has come more to the mainstream in recent years?
It’s insane. I still look around like no one knows who I am. It’s crazy that I go places and I’m like, “you know who I am?” That’s so weird to me! I forget sometimes that I have a reality show. During Long Island Medium, I’m still living my life, nothing has changed. The only thing is that there are cameras. I’m still living life like Theresa Caputo has lived her life. It’s such a blessing, and to be able to take that live is really incredible.
With that attention, I’m sure you’re used to the skeptics and people trying to stump you. How do you respond to this?
Honestly, I don’t pay attention to that. It’s someone’s opinion and everyone has the right to their own opinion. And I get it. I’m the first one to say that what I do is crazy. But I know what is happening to me. I know that I am sensing and feeling things that have no effect on me, but are life-changing to someone else.
This isn’t about people believing in what I do. It doesn’t matter if people believe in a medium. What I want people to do is believe in themselves and to know that their loved ones are with them and that they still have that bond with the souls of their loved ones.
In regards to the criticism and skeptics, you easily could have kept this gift to yourself. Why did you decide to embrace it and share it to such a wide arena?
You have to understand, I’ve been sensing and feeling Spirit since I was four. For me, I thought it was normal. I thought everyone was feeling what I was feeling. I was never able to express as a child what I was sensing and feeling. It wasn’t until later in my 20’s that I discovered that not only was I connecting with my old loved ones, but with other people’s loved ones too. After I learned to embrace that, I was like, who’s gonna want to come talk to a medium? Who’s gonna wanna talk to their dead relative? I couldn’t understand that. But what I learned from my experiences is that not matter who we lose or how they die, we are left with a burden and guilt. In the physical world we are left with these shoulda coulda wouldas and the what-ifs that hinder the ability to heal. Coming to my live shows, you will experience Spirit validating to us that they don’t want us to carry these negative emotions. They want us to release these burdens and guilt and embrace life with happiness and joy.
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