Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo criticized as a fraud

Medium Theresa Caputo of the television show 'Long Island Medium' is spotted as she leaves 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon'  at NBC studio in New York City
I will admit to having seen a couple episodes of “Long Island Medium” on TLC. Theresa Caputo, the Long Island Medium, has an uncanny ability to connect with alleged strangers and clients. She feeds them details of how their loved ones passed, and gives them messages from beyond the grave. She’s able to bring closure for people who yearn for a chance to communicate with a lost family member, at least according to the show’s narrative. Caputo has a matter-of-fact, friendly demeanor that puts people at ease. The episodes I saw didn’t strike me as parlor tricks so much as pre-arranged reality show plots. My take is that at best Caputo believes dead people really are talking to her, but that doesn’t mean she’s doing anything other than making educated guesses. At worst, she’s scamming vulnerable people for her own gain.

Radar Online has new article with a YouTuber who is working to discredit Caputo. Ron Tebo of SciFake.com tells Radar that he’s been working with Caputo’s victims to try and spread the word that she’s a fraud “preying on the most vulnerable“:

RadarOnline.com can exclusively report that many viewers, audience members and even a private investigator believe Caputo’s “gift” is a total hoax.

“Theresa is like a vulture preying on the most vulnerable,” investigator Ron Tebo, the creator of fraud whistleblower website SciFake.com, tells Radar. “I think it’s despicable.”

Tebo, who says he has been privately speaking with Caputo’s clients and associates for more than a year, claims the reality star employs old-school psychic techniques such as cold reading— or analyzing someone’s body language, clothes, speech and other initial impressions to make a high-probability guess about a subject— and shotgunning —or asking a large audience a vague question for a greater chance of a positive response.

“She schmoozes with the audience, and wins them over with her big hair, designer shoes and comedy. When they trust her, she goes in for the kill,” Tebo explains. “She’ll ask the group a question like, ‘Who lost an older male relative to heart problems?’ It’s the oldest trick in the medium’s book.”

And sometimes, it seems even her best efforts fail. Radar has obtained a long list of complaints from Caputo’s current show tour— and many former fans now believe she’s faking it!

While Caputo includes only accurate readings on her TV series, at a recent Hershey, Penn., show, “she seemed off and almost every reading was like pulling teeth to match up info. She was really grasping at straws and did a lot of ‘fishing,’” one disappointed audience member at the April 5 reading recently complained to Ticketmaster.com. “For the most part, readings were forced and uninspired.”

“Some [readings] were just off the mark,” said another ticket-buyer at a New Orleans show in November.

For her more on-point readings, Tebo believes Caputo may arrive fully prepared: He suspects her assistants run a background check or even eavesdrop on certain audience members outside the theater to guarantee a catch.

“When you purchase a ticket, you provide your full name, address and phone number to the vender,” the whistleblower explains. “The vender can share this information with her staff, and then they can investigate the individual audience members. It seems she focuses on the front rows.”

During a Durham, North Carolina show in October, “there were three levels of seating and approximately 2,500 people in attendance,” an audience member recalled to Ticketmaster in her grievance. “Teresa spent the entire time on the first floor.”

“I was a Theresa Caputo believer and watched every one of her shows,” the former fan continues. “My young daughter died this summer and I needed to believe in something. After tonight, I am no longer a believer. There were many grieving people there, hoping for closure, or a sign from their loved ones and 2,490 people left defeated and deflated.”

[From Radar Online]

I checked out a couple of SciFake’s videos from their website. This is one of my favorites, an appearance Caputo made on Anderson Cooper’s talkshow. She fishes the audience for hits on vague questions like “someone lost a spouse” and “someone is wearing a religious artifact from their grandmother.” Caputo then hones in to people who raise their hands and makes more vague statements looking for confirmation. When the gentlemen she’s talking to says no, there was nothing wrong with his deceased wife’s legs, she then returns to the audience to search for someone who has a dead relative who suffered from leg problems.

While it may be obvious to us that she’s a fake, there are people who believe in this lady and pay to see her. She makes bank doing this and has a national platform, so it’s worth getting the word out about her.

Starting in 1964, the James Randi Education Foundation has offered a reward, now at $1 million, to anyone who can demonstrate psychic ability under scientific conditions. In the 50 years since the One Million Paranormal Challenge started, no one has claimed the money. The Guardian followed a celebrity psychic medium, Patricia Putt, as she took the test and failed. Putt later blamed the testing conditions.

Remember Montel Williams’ resident “psychic medium,” Sylvia Brown? She told Amanda Berry’s mom that her daughter was dead and that she saw her “in water.

Update: Radar has another article featuring one of Tebo’s videos debunking Caputo’s reading on the Ellen show. Tebo’s voiceover is loud and obnoxious, he uses unnecessary hyperbole and he was more convincing using a computer voiceover. In the video, which you can see on Radar, Tebo points out that Caputo’s son and husband look over to a woman in the audience well before Caputo calls on her, suggesting that this woman is a plant.

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Medium Theresa Caputo of the television show "Long Island Medium" is spotted as she leaves "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"  at NBC studio in New York City

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  1. Miss Anne Thrope says:

    I am shocked. There’s also this crazy going around that water is wet.

  2. Tammy says:

    My mom loves this broad, I always found her kinda annoying. Broads a quack

  3. LadySlippers says:

    I’ve seen another medium, Rebecca Rosen, in person. She didn’t and couldn’t ‘read body language’ on stage because she’s blinded by stage lights and often they’re WAY up in the balcony. I believe she’s legit and quite possibly Theresa.

    I think the issue is more that people struggle to accept abilities we cannot ‘see or hear’.

    (BTW if you can ever see Rebecca Rosen or another real medium — it is SO worth it!)

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I don’t know about this woman, but I do believe some people are more sensitive to or somehow capable of gathering knowledge about other people’s lives. I went to a medium right before my divorce. I had decided to divorce my husband but had not told anyone. The first thing she said was “I feel you are married, but not married. When I try to feel your husband, all I get is cold.” I was still wearing my wedding rings, and as I said, no one else knew. She went on to do an incredible reading, and she named my sister, brother and father, who has a very unusual name. She asked if I lived by a lake, and I lived in an area called “Lakewood.” I don’t believe anyone can know the future, but I do believe she knew certain things through intuition or whatever that a “normal” or average person wouldn’t know. Two years after my divorce, I was dating a man named Dan. She called me out of the blue and said she was thinking of me, and she said, “how’s Don?” Pretty close.

      • Suzanneg444 says:

        Did you by chance have a wedding announcement in the papers she could have seen?

      • JudyK says:

        @GoodNames: I got chills reading this and think you did an excellent job of characterizing the whole psychic abilities phenomena. When I read what your medium said to you about your marriage, it was like reading about my ex-husband.

        I personally have always thought Theresa Caputo was a fraud, but I do think there are select people with such capabilities.

      • lucy2 says:

        I agree – I think most who sell their “abilities” are frauds, but I do think there are some who are more sensitive to things and can somehow pick up on it. There is one woman near me who once told a family member something extremely specific about me that there was no way of knowing or guessing, and she told me a few specific things that at the time didn’t mean much, but years later I realized were accurate. But even she wasn’t 100%.

        I’m always skeptical though, and have been in a similar audience with a “medium” doing the same schtick this lady and John Edwards do and could tell immediately it was bogus. They throw out very generic things, and people who desperately want it to be true get caught up and convince themselves it’s real. I feel badly for anyone suffering that way, wanting closure or comfort. It’s really gross that people like this take advantage of them and get rich off of it.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        @Suzanne444 – I didn’t marry Dan, just dated him, and by that time I had moved from the west coast to the east coast.

        Susiecue, judyK and lucy2 – there are definitely frauds out there, but this woman made me believe that she could sense things and feel things that most people can’t. I mean, we all have the ability to sense things, like someone is lying, or conflicted or sad. I think some people just have the ability to take it one step further.

        I agree that the frauds who exploit people grieving for lost loved ones are despicable.

      • Krish Soundar says:

        I believe the comment from Suzanne
        I have had a similar experience with a psychic in a Church in Windsor Ontario back in 1996

        She told me many things which came out to be true. She described how my future wife would look and her qualities, possibility of losing first child through miscarriage (really happened), possibility of having legal troubles with someone regarding money etc..

        The only issue is that the time frame was totally off, she predicted these things to happen in the next 5 yrs when I met her. But the events all came true, one by one during the last 18 yrs.

        And she charged me $25 and gave me a physical cassette tape too. I threw it away in 1997. Now I wish I had it with me to show my wife.

    • Nicolette says:

      A friend of mine had a psychic come over to her house and he did individual readings for all of us. He knew things about my future husbands family that I didn’t know because I had not even met them yet, as this was early in our relationship. He was accurate when talking about my family as well, and he was given no prior knowledge of anything. We all ended the evening quite impressed by what he had told each of us. I agree with you wholeheartedly on people not being able to accept abilities that we can’t see or hear. If something is not right in front of us, people just label it as a hoax.

      @GoodNamesAllTaken, I also believe that some people are more sensitive than others. I used to dismiss many ‘paranormal’ stories until I experienced things for myself. I believe there is more going on than what meets the eye. Will they ever be definitively proven, I don’t know but maybe they aren’t meant to be.

    • mayamae says:

      Just because there are charlatans out there, that doesn’t automatically mean everyone is a fraud. I’ve watched documentaries on children with abilities, and their lives are very negatively affected until they learn coping mechanisms to control and block. They can seem a little “off” to others, and fear telling friends. Empaths tend to take on everyone’s negative feelings to the point of being ill, and pre-cogs suffer guilt from being unable to warn of the major disasters they sense.

      I’ve watched Kim Russo and find her pretty believable. She tends to discourage a lot of feedback, unlike the fakes. The information they receive tends to lack context, so it can be open to interpretation.

      I have no abilities and thank God for it. I have to believe in the paranormal because I believe in God and the devil, and that’s as paranormal as it goes. I’m not into crystals or things of that type, but I’ve suffered horrible nightmares since I was too young to affectively describe them to my mom, and now have a Native American dream catcher hanging over my bed. I swear it works. I used to have an almost crippling fear of the dark from my earliest memories. I learned to use a protective prayer, and combined with my dream catcher, the fear is almost completely gone.

    • Erinn says:

      I do believe that some people can do this kind of thing. I don’t know if this woman is legit or not, but I honestly do have at least a willingness to believe in the paranormal. I say this as someone who’s convinced their house is haunted haha. I heard music in my basement once (no sound system there, and everything was off as I was leaving for work). I’ve seen a man’s face. I’ve seen orbs of light. Heaters have turned on without being touched. Lights have turned on in other rooms. This isn’t an old house either – it’s only about 40, but I know the husband of the woman who sold it to us had a husband who died a few years before selling. I could be crazy though – but mom’s family has had a lot of supposed paranormal experiences, and these are otherwise incredibly logical, practical ladies. So I don’t know. It’s not like I go around spouting my belief of such things (other than now) but I really believe there’s a possiblity that some people are more sensitive to things than others.

      • Nicolette says:

        The house we lived in when we first got married was the one my husband grew up in. My daughter and I had many experiences there, and one night the dog seemed to sense something as well. She growled and paced staring at a corner of the dining room as if looking at someone. Moments before this a picture had fallen off the wall in the kitchen. Awakening and seeing an orb was my first incident in that house. The best way I can describe it was it looked like a large bubble, iridescent and pinkish red. My feelings very quickly went from being shocked, scared and then for some reason comforted. The thought in my head was that they watch over you while you’re sleeping. My husband isn’t really a believer of the paranormal, but my daughter and I are and we both to this day insist that house was haunted. I don’t talk about this too much either, mostly because I’ve had multiple experiences and think people wont believe me.

      • YuYa says:

        OMG! I heard two people having a conversation in my basement at about 4am a few months ago. It was so surreal! My house is 115 years old and I am positive that something co-exists with me in it.

      • Prettylights says:

        @Nicolette My Mom is convinced my childhood home, where my parents still live in Wisconsin, was built on an Indian burial ground. She’s seen the apparition of a younger Indian woman nursing a baby with an older woman standing behind her, just watching my Mom trying to sleep (she has insomnia). Instead of being frightened she said she felt very peaceful and fell asleep soon after.

        I used to have tons of experiences there growing up, including hearing what sounded like someone beating rugs in our basement (I even went down there with a baseball bat, that’s how convinced I was that there was someone down there), hearing footsteps on the stairs which my sister heard too – I still remember both of us pressing our ear to the bathroom floor and listening to the sound of heavy footsteps going up and down the basement stairs. Things would disappear and wind up in the strangest places days later. When I was home alone I always shut all the blinds and drapes because I felt like something was watching me from outside. Just strange things I can’t explain.

        I’m an agnostic/athiest, so I don’t really know how to explain the things I’ve experienced except as some sort of residual energy. I do think there are ‘spirits’ around in a sense but I don’t think they are coherent or have any sense of their former selves really. Can you imagine dying and being a ‘ghost’ just hanging around, waiting to talk to your family through a medium? Worst afterlife ever.

    • Paul says:

      Real one’s don’t need TV shows. She is fake!

  4. Loopy says:

    I can’t feel sorry for anyone who entertains these mediums.

    • Manjit says:

      I’m sort of with you there, however sometimes grieving people will clutch at straws and unscrupulous phonies will take advantage of their vulnerability. It happened to a colleague of mine years ago when she lost her mother very suddenly. She started off going to a spiritualist church but was persuaded to start having private “readings”. Thousands of pounds later she wasn’t just grieving for her mother, she was grieving for relatives she’d never met who had “contacted” her through the Medium. It’s just Scientology by another name imho.

    • Isabelle says:

      I do. I’ve lost a lot of loved one son my life. Sometimes you give everything to have one more moment or connection with them. You often don’t think rationale and aren’t your normal self. You make choices based on you trying to lessen your grief. Some people in grief are very vulnerable, hurt and broken. They will latch on to something/anything to find some relief. People taking advantage of the grieving are no better than anyone that takes advantage of others when they’re vulnerable (like violence). It’s a crime IMO.

  5. eliza says:

    Lololololol. Ok. Who thought this woman was actually legit?

    • Ag says:

      i know, right? next thing they tell us is that ALL psychics are frauds and scam artists?!?! good lord. i have a psychic on retainer, and i really don’t want to fire her…

      • Brittaki says:

        All psychics are frauds. People have been manipulating others into believing in their “abilities” for centuries. If any of them were legitimate, why haven’t any of them been able to prove their abilities under scientific conditions? Truly, any of us could do it if we had the conviction to lie to and defraud vulnerable audiences. Just do a quick google search of “hot and cold readings” and “James Randi” and you’ll get an idea of how many charlatans there actually are out there.

  6. Belle Epoch says:

    Look at the source! Talk about having an axe to grind. There will always be people who don’t believe in mediums at all – ANY medium.

    Sylvia Briwn was definitely a fraud, IMHO. Theresa comes across as the real thing, but with TV it’s impossible to know what has been manipulated. I hope she is the real deal.

    I believe there are a few people who really do have the “gift.” What about John Edward or James Van Pragh?

    • Birdix says:

      John Edward was caught with microphones hidden in the lobby I think.

      • FLORC says:

        Hidden in the lobby, outside the building where people would smoke and wait to get in, under the seats to listen to them preshow. Also he’d have audience members that worked for him getting information from people in polite “who are you hoping to speak to”. Sick.

        Side thought. The husband and son could have looked over at that woman because she was squirming and looking anxious to be picked. The most anxious are the most willing to believe in those scenes. It’s just as likely she was this as she was a plant.

      • Yep. Like I said, an old Victorian parlour trick.

    • Sam says:

      Both Edwards and Von Praagh have been accused of fraud. It doesn’t help that if you attend one of their tapings, you need to sign a non-disclosure agreement that threatens you with fines and lawsuits if you ever discuss the readings or otherwise disparage them. Seriously, look it up. You’d think that a legit medium would have no need of such a document, but they have them.

    • MSat says:

      IF they have a “gift” it’s the gift of being a really, really good con artist. This crap has been around for centuries.

      • NorthernGirl_20 says:

        Yes this!! Gift of being a good (or not so good) con artist.

        My aunt lost her boyfriend of over 10 years suddenly to a heart attack and she’s been going to a medium who’s told her that he is at peace blah blah.. exaclty what she wanted to hear of course. Also told her that her father (my grandfather) was proud of her and loved her.. just telling my aunt what she wanted to hear. It’s too much.

      • Shan1983 says:

        @northerngirl – I completely agree. One of the biggest offenses I see being committed with shows and people like this is there is ALWAYS a happy ending. ALWAYS. What if the person being inquired about was actually a terrible person? Or the living relative/friend was a terrible person? Never once have I heard of a medium saying “actually, your grandfather is in a not so great place right now due to being a secret nazi” or “actually, your mother is horrified by how greedy and disgusting you were toward your siblings after her death”. I understand people wanting closure – absolutely!!! – but seeing a medium like this one…what else is there to say other than “they’re in a good place and proud of you”? I think for some people who desperately need that closure it can be easy to forget there really is no other alternative to the happy ending.

  7. Nerd Alert says:

    Ugh. I’ve had to stop arguing with my family about this. It’s so obviously a scam, I can’t even entertain the notion that it’s real for the sake of conversation anymore. And thank you for mentioning the psychic test! It’s a pretty solid format, if you read about it–methods are solid. If anyone passes, I’ll reexamine my stance.

  8. Abbott says:

    I’m seeing… I’m seeing an older woman… yes, woman… does anyone here have a mother?

  9. eva says:

    Don’t know if anyone from the uk watched Most Haunted with Yvette Fielding, but they had a psychic on Called Derek Acorah, he was also outed as being a fake I think by some of the crew members, they would plant fake stories and he fell for them.

  10. Wren says:

    I think the South Park episode about mediums and such where Stan becomes a “psychic” and tells the audience that it’s a fraud the whole time but they still believe he’s talking to the dead sums it up perfectly.

    While I believe there are many things in this universe that we do not understand and that true psychics are possible, anyone profiting from their alleged ability sends up giant red flags. It’s too bad, really. People in pain are vulnerable to all kinds of manipulation. I’ve seen her show a few times (a friend of mine adores her), and on TV at least she seems like a nice person.

    • We Are All Made of Stars says:

      This has actually happened repeatedly in the past. James Randi, of whom I am no great fan, once staged a whole event with a fake South American medium/shaman guy. After the audience was told that it was a setup, people still expressed their belief in the actor and continued to buy expensive crystals and the like at the event tables. Another good example is spoon bender Yuri Geller. He went on Carson back in the day and Carson refused to do a setup for him and Geller was essentially outed as a fraud. Despite all, it would take years longer for the public to lose their faith in him. It’s a powerful reminder of how the need to believe can transcend everything else. And for the record, I do believe in the reality and efficacy of intuition.

    • Is that the episode where they do the musical number about John Edwards being the biggest douche in the universe, thus solidifying my eternal love (again) for Trey Parker and Matt Stone?

  11. frivolity says:

    Fake…. Fake. Fake.

    These charlatans have been around through the ages. British illusionist Derren Brown is great at replicating their trickery and explaining the techniques they use.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqAsu25_QS8

  12. Miss Jupitero says:

    They are rip off artists preying upon the vulnerable, and I say this as one who believes in many things the eye cannot see. But this really needs to be said.

  13. Talie says:

    I thought she was full of crap when I saw her on Andy Cohen’s show and she began by saying, “Does anyone have a relative who had a skin problem… it could’ve been a pimple, like acne?”

    I was like, bitch please…

  14. Really says:

    I didn’t believe until I saw an amazing psychic. He’s revealed family secrets I was never aware of but were since confirmed. I certainly believe but you have to experience it for yourself.

    • Talie says:

      I also go to a great psychic, who has indeed told me specific things that have happened in the future. But she never communes with the dead, which helps her legitimacy for me.

    • JessMa says:

      I think this lady is a fraud as are most of the ones on t.v., but I am open to the possibility that some people have unexplained gifts. My cousin saw this lady twice in Colombia that first predicted her dad’s death and then her aunt’s. They both died less than a year after each reading. I told her to stop going because I didn’t want to be next. She had a reputation for being very accurate. For all I know she was killing them herself.

      I also saw a show on the ID channel, which I am obsessed with. I don’t remember the kids name, but he disappeared in FL. Law enforcement couldn’t find him anywhere. A local psychic called the cops and said she had a dream about where to find his body. The cops followed her lead and found his body. The detective said they might not have found him without her help. It turns out his friend killed him. Would anyone happen to know the name of the case?

      • Nicolette says:

        It is a well known fact that law enforcement agencies have sought out psychics to help with unsolved murders. I also remember watching a show a while ago, and the psychic was one used before by that particular police department. They went on record stating that she has helped them numerous times to help solve cases. She seemed very down to earth and low key the opposite of Theresa, and wasn’t really asking any questions but rather was supplying information.

    • Nicolette says:

      One of the most eyebrow raising incidents occurred several years ago to a friend of ours. His younger brother had been killed in an auto accident. At the time the brother was going through a painful breakup with his wife and some questioned whether it indeed was an accident. This was here in NY. Sometime afterward as his sister was walking through the parking lot of her apartment complex in Florida, a stranger approached her out of nowhere. He told her not to be scared, he’s not crazy but he’s hearing ‘voices’ that insisted he speak with her. I think I would have bolted right then and there, but she spoke with him and he went on to talk about the deceased brother, and the accident in detail.

  15. Sonia says:

    I saw her in person and am a fan, I believe she has a gift, and I left the show with a lot of peace in my soul. That was worth the cost of the ticket. And btw, there were 2 levels and she was all over both of them, not only on the lower level.

  16. paola says:

    Wtf is she wearing? And i’m talking about the wig, the dress, the nails and the shoes. Yikes!

  17. Sam says:

    I’m inclined to believe she is a fraud. She uses the exact same techniques that proven frauds use. Her best readings come from appointments when she has the time to research the clients beforehand. A whole lot goes into the initial meeting and these people often know ahead of time what to say or ask.

    Frankly, I think that if the dead truly have the ability to speak, wouldn’t they do it directly to their loved ones? I might be nuts, but I have had some freakishly vivid and clear dreams of people who have passed on – holding whole conversations with me. I can’t attest to the reality of any of this, but to me, that makes so much more sense. Why should the dead have to rely upon some immediary to talk to people? It feels ridiculous. To me, her worst crime is that she really cheapens the relationship that people have with those who have died. It becomes a cheap trick that makes for good tv.

    • GeeMoney says:

      I don’t understand how you can call Theresa Caputo a fraud and then write: “I might be nuts, but I have had some freakishly vivid and clear dreams of people who have passed on – holding whole conversations with me.”

      WTF.

      • Sam says:

        It’s easy. Because Caputo’s whole business is based upon the premise that ordinary people CAN’T reach out to the dead. They need a medium – let me correct that – they need to PAY a medium like her to do it for them. Frankly, that’s insulting. Why do the dead need someone like her? Can’t they do it themselves? Why should they – or the living – have to potentially expose their intimate secrets or desires to this woman in the name of “closure?” If you can believe in this woman, that is your choice. But don’t get upset that others can see the logical flaws in your beliefs.

      • GeeMoney says:

        So, it’s ok for you to talk to the dead, but not her? Is that WTF you are talking about? How can you call what she’s doing fraudulent and then turn around and say that you can do some of what she does?

        “But don’t get upset that others can see the logical flaws in your beliefs.”

        WTF, again? I have no idea what you are talking about. I didn’t say anything about my beliefs.

        I swear to God… replying to some of you posters on here is not only exhausting, it’s not worth it.

      • Sam says:

        Gee, again, I think that whoosing sound you hear is the point going over your head. Caputo isn’t making money because she can do what anyone else can do. The whole premise of her business is that people NEED her to talk to their dead relatives for them. If conversing with the deceased is within the abilities of any regular old person, than the whole concept of mediumship comes crashing down and we don’t need them. And with that goes Caputo’s money.

        Her whole gimmick is that she has “special abilities” that most of us do not have, and that is why people should pay her to speak to the dead for them. If any of us can do it, then why pay her?

        Frankly, if you’re unable to answer even this basic of a question, I can see why this site may be exhausting for you. What with all the critical thinking and all.

    • Lucinda says:

      The dead don’t always talk to the person directly because not everyone hears the dead. I have a friend who is psychic but she doesn’t tell many people because she knows how they will react. She has told me that she is regularly woken up in the middle of the night by people who have died but have something they need to say. She said it usually happens between 12 and 2 am and it can be very disruptive to her sleep. She told me (in an almost anonymous kind of way) something once before I knew her very well. It shook me to the bone to the point where I approached her told her I appreciated her telling me exactly what I had needed to hear at that moment when she barely knew me and that she must be very perceptive. It was a couple months before she finally disclosed her psychic abilities. I don’t know about Theresa but I do believe there are those with abilities we don’t understand.

  18. Relli says:

    You know I never really had an opinion on this lady until I saw her on WWHL. Andy asked her when she realized her powers and she was incredibly vague like oh I don’t know sometime in my late 20′s after my kids were born, it just came to me suddenly. I was like WHAT!?!?!? Um, no…. Let me explain.

    Ever since I was a kid I have been able to read people and see/hear things others couldn’t. Not everyone but there are things I have known about others that no one ever told me about, my guess is that I have really good intution. But it’s always been there and it was much stronger when I was pre-pubescent and as I have become older it’s faded slightly especially as I have become busier with my family and career.

    I don’t know, but to me when I heard her say it came to her after she had kids and they were no doubt struggling financially something pinged in me. Like this was some get rich quick scam that she came up with to provide for her family and it has now taken on a life of its own.

    • Lucinda says:

      I think you can also hone your abilities with age. There were many times I sensed something but I didn’t pay attention to it because I didn’t believe people could be psychic. The first time I listened to that feeling was when I was pregnant with my daughter. I was worried about something and suddenly I knew I didn’t need to worry. I can tell you the exact moment I knew.

      It was years later though before I finally started really tracking when I knew things and more importantly, when I didn’t. I’m not claiming to be psychic. I am really good at reading people. I know that. But there have been times when I knew with certainty how things were going to turn out that no one knew (usually medical stuff) and I have been right. The one time where I really didn’t know (it had to do with someone’s pregnancy) I later learned it truly was a miracle the baby had survived. No one could figure out how it had happened. Even the doctors. I think I didn’t know because it hadn’t been determined yet.

  19. Size Does Matter says:

    So now we know what happened to Kim Kardashian’s infamous black and white dress. You’d think a psychic would have foreseen that it wouldn’t look good on her either.

  20. Ginger says:

    I find Theresa to be entertaining. I’ve had fun with so called psychics and mediums before but at most I’ve paid $10 at a fair or gone to a medium party for free. I do believe that the human mind is capable of things we haven’t even discovered yet but when mediums start to make a ton of money for their gift I do get suspicious. But Theresa is so endearing that it’s hard not to like her. I love her comedic gift more than her abilities. I won’t lie however, I’m into the paranormal and was in a couple of investigation groups so I’m friends with people who are mediums (and don’t make money at it). So, I may be biased in my opinions.

  21. Ag says:

    i’m glad that you’ve pointed out the james randi challenge. i wish more people would read up on what these psychics, mediums, etc. actually do and are about – which is preying on the vulnerable. a truly despicable lot.

    • Mel says:

      And I wish more people would read the WHOLE truth about Randi’s “challenge” and about Randi himself.

      There has never been a single millisecond of doubt in my mind that this obnoxious creature (Theresa Caputo) was a fraud – and not even a good one. She is a few notches below Sylvia Browne – and that’s saying something, considering good ole Slyvia was pitiful, to put it mercifully!

      But when speaking of charlatans, Randi’s name has to be mentioned, too.
      He is a charlatan himself – but of the most insidious kind: the kind that parades as scientifically-minded, so people tend to believe them at face value.
      From what I’ve read of and from him, he can’t even grasp the true meaning of “science”, confusing it with positivism of the most obtuse and pedestrian variety that does nothing but impede intellectual and scientific progress.

  22. Anon says:

    My mom went to sees other psychic that was mentioned in the comments, Rebecca Rosen. Afterwards, she called and told me how amazing it was because Rebecca contacted my deceased grandfather. She told me it was amazing and how spot on it was and and she was definitely on a high from it. She was given a cassette tape of the reading, which I listened to excitedly because of my mom’s account of what happened. Lets just say the tape totally changed my mind about psychics and I went from a believer to realizing they are frauds. It was so much vaguer than my mom made it out to be and it was so clear she was being preyed upon for her grief and enthusiasm. These people cannot talk to the dead, it’s just common sense. If they could, why doesn’t the dead person tell them their name. It’s always ‘I’m getting a j. John? Jerry?’ It’s honestly embarrassing and I cringe when I watch this stuff.

  23. B says:

    I saw her in medium (haha) sized stage arena. She does stick to the first few areas and randomly goes all the way up when no one bites. When I first saw her television show, I thought she was the real deal. Once I saw her in person, all she ever does is ask vague questions that could be for anybody. “Male with a chest problem” “Heart attack” blah blah blah aka the majority of people. She feeds on people because they are so overwhelmed with grief that they want to believe anything and they give her a reaction like oh my god its me it could be me ! ME!? and she’ll hobble over to you in her 6 inch sparkley Louboutin’s (which by the way, how tacky that she flaunts the money she makes off of people at her shows, and she couldnt even walk. Didn’t like that.) Oh and the most annoying thing? The fact that after she reads every single person she tells them the same exact thing “they want you to know they are ok. they love you.” Maybe thats something people want to hear but once you tell every. single. person. ..come on. Just stop.
    The one man that i truly believe has abilities is Robert E. Hansen in Merrick, New York. That man has a gift and hes humble to boot. If you are looking to be knocked off your socks, go see him.

  24. Lio says:

    I went to high school with her, lol…only I didn’t recognize her until one of my former classmates brought it to my attention. She is exactly the same now as she was then, loud and obnoxious and had to be the center of attention at all times. She did not have the big hair and Frito nails back then though, lol. I HATE seeing her on TV and listening to her talk, she is an embarrassment to everyone from Long Island!

  25. Cora says:

    I’m really shocked at how many people aren’t aware of the very well known tricks people employ in order to make themselves appear psychic. There really needs to be more education on this.

  26. Jaded says:

    There are so many charlatans out there it’s hard to find someone who is legit. I went to an angel medium recently just to put to rest some issues I had with deceased family members. He immediately said “your sister is here”, sat back and crossed his legs, which she always did. He started to tear up and said repeatedly “I’m so sorry for what I did, I’m so sorry – I know I hurt you and the family and let you down.” My sister died of a combination of alcoholism and eating disorders, lied to everyone, including her husband, and told the hospital staff when she was dying not to tell us anything because she was estranged from us. Then, he said “she’s showing me a bottle, what is it about a bottle?” Obvious. Finally, he said “I see sticks of chewing gum everywhere, what’s with the gum?” I didn’t say anything about the bottle or gum, just that she chewed gum constantly to mask the odour of booze.

    I was amazed. We had a good conversation, I forgave her, told her I loved her and will see her someday. It was a cathartic experience. So yes, there are legit mediums out there, just not her.

  27. Palermo says:

    Her every “communication” tells the same story: they are stepping forward, they know you were with them when they died, they are at peace, they know what’s going on in your life now, they are watching over you. She might be more believable if one time she said he blames you entirely for his death LOL. She’s certainly good at what she does, cause she has made an enormous fortune.

    • Sam says:

      That is something I’ve never understood. Has she ever done a reading in which a soul is in Hell, or being punished, or suffering or unable to move on? It interests me that all the souls that manage to reach her are doing A-OK now. What happened to the less lucky? The afterlife sure seems pretty boring from her viewpoint. All these souls, wandering around, looking for a medium to converse with….it seems awfully bland and boring.

  28. qtpi says:

    I had a dream about a friend that was in distress. I normally don’t dream about people I know, and usually don’t remember many dreams.

    I called her the next day and said “Are you ok?! I had a dream that you were hurting in some way!” And she laughed at me because of course she was fine.

    A day or two later she was driving and a car pulled in front of her creating a terrible t-bone crash.

    So I believe that some of this stuff exists but obviously I didn’t have a lot of details and wouldn’t be able to make a career out of helping complete strangers!

  29. littlestar says:

    I’m glad people are finally realizing this woman (and all other psychics claiming the dead speak to them) is a fraud. My mom and best friend watch her show and rave about her, I’m going to show them this article so they can see PROOF this woman is screwing people over.

    I have a cousin who in the last year, has started claiming that she’s always been psychic and that she finally feels comfortable coming out about it. She does psychic readings and charges people now, of course. While she is nice, I have always thought this cousin of mine was pretty flakey, so I was honestly surprised when some of my family members believed she could speak to dead people! The thing that really made me realize she was nothing but a bullshitter: she told my sister and brother-in-law that she herself didn’t really believe she was psychic, but when people started to PAY HER to do readings for them, she then started to believe her abilities were true………… :S

  30. lola lola says:

    I don’t care what anyone says. I love her! She brings peace and happiness to people and on top of that she’s hilariously funny. Love the show and hope it stays on tv for a long long time. Annnnnd her husband is hot.

  31. Jenns says:

    Anyone who is charging hundreds of dollars for a reading is not looking out for you. They don’t care that you lost your husband/wife/father/mother/cat. They just want the $$$$$$.

  32. bcgirl says:

    Here’s why I know she’s a total fraud: the crap she claims people who have passed on to the other side are saying to her. Once we leave this earth we no longer care about curtain colors, funny jokes, or anything mundane about this life/earth. If messages are truly sent from another side, they would definitely not be so trivial.

    (what an insult to the people she claims to channel, despicable imo.)

    • Annaliese says:

      >Once we leave this earth we no longer care about curtain colors, funny jokes, or anything >mundane about this life/earth. If messages are truly sent from another side, they would >definitely not be so trivial.

      Hmmmmmmm. And you know this how, exactly? Has someone come over and told you? I don’t know about you, but my mother would consider the color schemes of the UTMOST importance, whatever her current environment was.

      I think most “mediums” are outright frauds (I had one tell me I was “cursed” but for a small monthly fee she would pray it right off me. I told her my sister was a nun and if I needed praying for, I’d get it done by a professional.) But I also believe that there are some folks out there who are the real deal. The thing is, if people keep asking you to perform, after a while you start trying to please them by telling them SOMEthing, whether it’s something you’ve made up or something that has come to you, and you lose the ability to tell the difference. I’ve seen this happen with a friend of mine. That’s the biggest reason I’m automatically skeptical of professional mediums–I don’t think they can do it on command all the time, every time.

      As for being able to pass a test under scientific conditions, let me ask this: Do you think that an artist, a musician, or a writer could produce a great work of art every time, under controlled conditions? Or is it possible that the knowledge that they are being observed and tested might interfere with whatever was going on? (Heisenberg strikes again!) We simply don’t know enough about what these abilities might be, or how information can be transmitted, to be able to test them. We can reproduce effects that look very similar by various cheats, but there’s more than one way to light up a room, too. The fact that one person is a fraud does not mean that someone else isn’t obtaining information through a means we can’t understand or control.

      • Deedee says:

        “Do you think that an artist, a musician, or a writer could produce a great work of art every time, under controlled conditions?” Maybe they couldn’t do a masterpiece, but they could certainly do something that is better than the average person. Maybe some of these alleged mediums should try just to see what would happen. You’d think they’d be able to do better than the average Joe,

  33. Jules says:

    I don’t know if she’s a fraud or not, but I enjoy her show. I like how she’s loud and obnoxious and how her family acts embarrassed of her. I like it as a reality show.

  34. Jayna says:

    Of course, she’s a fraud. They are all frauds and they all ask the questions the same way. Is there someone with a J in your life, John, Jack, on and on, fishing. Then once they zero in and have the info they need from their fishing, then the message is given with no hesitation from the departed. If they can get sentences clear as bell to pass on, why can’t they get the person’s name and who they are without fishing around.

    She didn’t become a psychic until she was like 30 or something, but after that she is surrounded by these spirits. LOL

    There might be a true psychic somewhere out there. I don’t know. But most all use his con game to ask questions and fish until they hit gold.

  35. Patty Cake says:

    “There’s a sucker born every minute.”
    - T. Barnum

  36. NorthernGirl_20 says:

    Just once I’d love for one of these mediums to do a reading to tell the live person where they hid the body, or where that they were the one who stole the money .. or that they arent in peace they are in terrible terrible agony or something like that .. that I would pay money to see ..

    I’m sorry I’m not a believer, they are charlatans and con artists.

    • bcgirl says:

      We have an awesome show in Canada called “Psychic Investigators”. It features interviews with law enforcement and families who have had crimes solved by psychics. In most cases the police or investigators were initially very skeptical. To hear the accounts of what these psychics knew is just chilling. In one of the best ones the victim was found alive (by the psychic) and he verified everything the psychic had said happened to him. If you can find it online it’s really worth a watch.

  37. Patty Cake says:

    Tbh, I’ve had sixth sense moments where I’ve either experienced a vision,dream, or just just had a feeling of feeling heavy, like a weight on my chest, that caused me to know of certain bad events before they happened. It happened mainly when I was a kid. I remember one time when I was 12 me & a cousin we’re sleeping in the bed together. We both had very vivid dreams. I dreamed that my oldest cousin got locked up and my second oldest cousin was yelling at my sister about something. My 12 year old cousin that was laying beside me dreamed that my sis, her sis, & brother were stranded barefoot at the train station. When me & my cousin woke up we both recounted our dreams to each other as my oldest cousin got ready to use my aunt’s car, without her permission while she was at work , to get something to eat. In piled everyone me & my cousin seen in our dreams. We knew that my cousin was going to get locked up by the police, and my sister and other cousins were going to be stranded at the train station because they were not old enough to drive without a 21 yr old in the car. Despite our many warnings, they went anyway. Well, about 25 mins later the phone rang , & my cousins were stranded at the station, & my oldest cousin now had a criminal record for stealing my aunt’s car. I say that to say this, I do believe we all have a sixth sense, so to speak but some folks take it too far with their charades.

  38. reba says:

    I am sorry people like Caputo give a bad name to psychics everywhere. I know it is useless to argue so I just want to *weigh in* on the side of genuine psychics and say some people do have special gifts that can’t be explained and that, for reasons obvious to psychics, can’t be tested in forced, not to mention negative, conditions. I don’t know why any psychic would try to get around the obvious obstacles inherent in the so-called million dollar scientifically controlled test. And just because people fail that ‘test’ does not mean *no one* can pick up extrasensory information on *any other level* in *any other conditions*. From the simplest thing like “I was thinking of so and so, then the phone rang and it was them” to some more complex things that many posters describe above, we simply have to conclude that there is something going on that merits our investigation.

  39. anon33 says:

    My mother, who believes in nothing, was forced to see a psychic by one of her friends. This was a grizzled older lady living in the country by herself on a farm. She knew nothing about my mother other than her name. She told my mother several things that later came true down the line-my sister would move out of state, I wasn’t going to marry my ex-abuser, my grandfather was going to get cancer, but that it would be succesfully treated and he would live a long life. I mean, all kinds of stuff that there was no way she could have known. My grandfather wasn’t even diagnosed until almost a year later, and hadn’t had any kind of symptoms at the time of the visit.

    It was weird.

  40. Nima1 says:

    Gotta pay for those 3,000 Louboutin somehow…..shame she has to troll on the lost and suffering.

  41. april says:

    She was on Dr. Oz and gave him a reading. He believed her and said she said things that no one else could ever have known. She made comments about his marriage that he said were true and unless she had his house wired, she could not have known that. And she said Dr. Oz just replaced a watch battery and that battery went dead because his deceased grandfather made it happen and there was more to the story about why his grandfather did this. Dr. Oz said she could never had known any of that. Through the conversation he found out his grandfather is one of his spirit guides. Maybe the segment is on Youtube or google it. After that show I believed she has a true psychic ability.

    • Amy E says:

      I am from Long Island and work the next town over from where Theresa lives. I know she is the real deal. I have met a lot of people in the community that have had readings with her and they are all very happy with her.She gave them great readings and did not have their last name or any information about them beforehand. Any person can make statements and try to discredit someone. Think about Donald Trump with President Obama. There are still people that believe his birth certificate is fake because of Donalds statements. As far as those public sessions where hundreds of people show up- I have been to them and I never enjoyed that atmosphere. It is always better to get a private reading.

  42. Ramona Q. says:

    I don’t feel badly for stupid adults who get taken in by her fakery, but I think it’s completely effed up that she pulls her stunts on children (many times on her show) who have a family member who has died. These kids are bawling, it’s horrible to watch. She’s disgusting.

  43. jwoolman says:

    One problem in sorting out what’s really happening in hauntings is the amazing ability of the brain to create vivid hallucinations. Not vague dreams, but three-dimensional walking talking images. The fact that houses are steadily settling and making odd noises and vibrations certainly helps… But just as we often incorporate the clock alarm in our last dream, we can create something to go along with the noises and vibrations and not just when sleeping. The brain is always busy and will create dreams and waking hallucinations to match something we are thinking about/worried about (often to give us comfort). We should pay attention to such dreams/hallucinations, however, as a clue to our real worries and needs.

    We can’t always rely on dogs or cats to point to the reality of things, although they can be a good check for routine noises. They have active brains also and can vividly dream, even moving their bodies to imitate running etc. Cats in particular are infamous for “seeing Martians”- suddenly racing around in hot pursuit of something that isn’t really there. One cat looked downright embarrassed when I interrupted her hunt, I think she knew the Martians weren’t there, too!

  44. Hmm, all evidence aside, she does seem to be channelling the Ghost of Late Eighties Fashion….maybe she’ll let us talk to Gianni Versace….seriously, that HAIR. THe spandex. But the best is that red thing (to call it a dress is an insult to the dresses of the universe) that looks like a doctors office model of the Fallopian tubes. Seriously it’s OFFENSIVE. Looks like that black dress Jamie Lee Curtis wore in True Lies before she ripped the God-Awful sleeves and the hem off and made it tasteful.

  45. Godwina says:

    She looks amazingly like Jennifer Aniston, if Aniston were an average suburban 40-something rather than a celeb under the care of a full-time fitness and appearance army. It’s remarkable.

    • minxx says:

      OMG.. so true! I saw the photo and (not knowing anything about Theresa Caputo) and thought it was Aniston in a whacky comedy about suburbian wives, seriously! :) :)

      As a side note: how could anyone believe someone with this hair and “Frito nails” (love it!) be a medium? LOL

  46. decorative item says:

    I saw her interviewed once and she said that this gift just came over her one day. So, she was never “gifted” until she woke up one day hearing dead people. What the hell? Did someone whack her on the head with a coconut in her sleep?

  47. Hanna says:

    I have some “basic” intuitive skills that probably stem from being an empath. I believe everyone has the same skills and it all depends on how developed or open to it one is.

  48. Moi says:

    Well who knows for sure, but she is a medium, not a psychic (or supposed psychic). I’ve heard of this guy before. I really don’t know. I had a best friend in kindergarten, we still talk a little here and there. She did not believe in Theresa at all. Her mom and sisters dragged her to a live show of TC’s. My friends niece drowned in the pool, horrific, accidental….at her grandparents house, while the grandparents were babysitting, when her niece was a toddler. Their grandmother died of heart failure a week later.

    I do not know every detail of what happened at the live show, but my old friend left the show a believer. Theresa pointed out my friends sister immediately, in a big auditorium, and knew exactly what had happened to her baby and to their grandmother.

  49. raincoaster says:

    Preeeeety sure she’s not even a real blonde!

  50. Zooyork says:

    That’s so unspeakably sad though, to lose a child. I’m sure you would try anything to try to connect with the child.

  51. Misery says:

    A friend of mine went to a psychic or medium whom people spoke very highly of. She allegedly told them things that were very spot on. If anyone was the real deal she would be it (according to some acquaintances).

    Since my friend is an extreme skeptic (as am I), he made an appointment a couple of months in advance, and proceeded to post tidbits of false info on his various social media accounts, and when making the appointment, casually mentioned his (non-existent) wife.

    She ended up focusing a lot on his marriage (he’s not even in a relationship) and she made many ‘predictions’ that were undeniably influenced by the false info my friend had posted online. Not surprising to me, but it goes to show that even the ‘good’ ones are just big frauds.

    That said, if anyone ever wins the JREF Million Dollar Challenge, I’ll totally accept that there are people with these abilities.

  52. OTHER RENEE says:

    I wonder what people think about Allison Dubois, on whose life the show “Medium” was based. Or Laura Day.

    • Jayna says:

      Allison Dubois is a fake. I loved the show and believed she really was real until I read a lot of interesting interviews of her and about her and realized, nope, she isn’t, and she didn’t remotely do what the show showed her doing. The study I thought was all scientifically controlled wasn’t and was how she got famous anyway and from that trying to get on a TV show, that led her to Kelsey when the other one didn’t work out. Then I later I saw her on RH of Beverly Hills and she was a vicious, nasty person, who didn’t even predict Kelsey was cheating on Camille. This year she tweeted a couple of vicious tweets about Camille and the show now. She deleted them but they had already been screen captured and posted. What a medium, tweeting mean things because Camille is nice in an interview about all the housewives she used to work with,, and thanked them all for being supportive during her cancer operation.

      I still loved the how, The Medium, though.

      Allison’s quotes at the RHOBH dinner party, which she said looks bad because of editing. The sneer on her face and tone and words coming out of her mouth just showed an arrogant, vicious woman full of herself whiile puffing on her E-cigarette.

      “It’s true that there is a lot of editing done on these Housewives shows to emphasize drama and crazy, but the fact is they don’t put words in your mouth.
      Here are some things Allison said that can’t be chocked up to editing:
      About Kyle’s husband Mauricio (to her face): “Your husband will never emotionally fulfill you. Ever. Know that. As soon as the kids are bigger, you’ll have nothing in common.”
      Behind Kyle’s back: “Kyle’s a little bitch. She’s a little bitch. She is. She’s the ring leader. She’s all yap-yap-yap-yap-yap. Kyle was every girl at a high school who made somebody kill themselves. She’s that chick.”
      Gloating about knowing when and how Kyle will die: “My dad said live life large and make no apologies for who you are. F**k them. I don’t give a sh** what she says about me! She can f**k off. I can tell you when she will die, and what will happen to her family. I love that about me!”
      What she would do if Kyle or any of the other girls who left the party lost a child: “Can i just say this: If any of their children disappeared they wouldn’t be like, ‘You were wrong,’ they’d be, like, ‘Can you help?’ Pssh, f**k them!”

  53. nicegirl says:

    This lady will be in my area this week, and if I had the money, I would go, to see if she could sense what has transpired in my world, with loved ones, etc. But the lowest ticket fee is 58.25, and that is too rich for me.

  54. siri says:

    My take on this might be too simplistic, but I believe that people who go on TV, and advertise for their psychic abilities, are not to be taken serious. But I met people who are definitely able to tune into other’s subconsciousness, only usually, they don’t walk around talking about it. They tend to live quietly, and only help when asked, without taking money. This woman here seems to be all business, and show. And that’s sad, particularly for people in grief.

  55. Gregg says:

    It says in the bible that these type of fraudulent people are going to be coming out to fruition.
    Its sad but true..I do beleive that Sally in great Britain is real. She was Lady Dianas medium. I never thought Montels psychic was real, Teresa Im a bit shocked, she seemed to be right on the mark. Ive seen some shows where she consults children. this makes me mad because you dont screw around with a childs mind. I really hope shes not a fake..