The Long Island Medium set to stop in Albany this weekend

Theersa Caputo appears Saturday night at the Palace Theatre in Albany.
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Theersa Caputo appears Saturday night at the Palace Theatre in Albany.

ALBANY Theresa Caputo, arguably the country’s most famous self-proclaimed medium, will head to the Palace Theatre on Saturday as part of her “Theresa Caputo Live: The Experience” tour.

Caputo, perhaps better known as the Long Island Medium, is the star of the TLC show by the same name and has made a career of helping people find closure with what she calls healing messages from departed loved ones. “Long Island Medium” ran from 2011 to 2019 and followed Caputo as she met with clients, including believers and skeptics. Over the years, the show and some of her live shows have been met with criticism and doubt. However, Caputo remains popular, with more than 1.5 million followers on social media.

“I don’t do what I do for people to believe in mediums,” Caputo said. “I want them to believe in an afterlife and to know that their loved ones are okay, that they are at peace.”

In the last few years, Caputo has started doing readings via a podcast and has continued to tour, appearing on stage with her signature blonde bouffant and long nails. She’s also released several books, most recently one titled “Good Mourning” in 2020.

Before her stop in Albany, she spoke with The Gazette about touring and how the pandemic impacted her work.

Q: You’ve been doing these live shows for a decade now. When you started, did it take you a bit to figure out what your format was going to be?

A: Well, I really don’t have a format. The only thing that [could be called a] format is that I come out on the stage and I give a speech like I do with any reading. I give the same speech that I give a little bit more detail with the live show because there are a lot of people that might have come to the show that have never seen “Long Island Medium” or even know who I am.
I just give a speech and then once I start sensing and feeling spirit, I come off a stage and spirit will literally just guide me around the space. I have no idea where I’m going to go, who’s gonna get read, what spirit’s gonna have me say. We have cameras that follow me around a big screen set up so no matter where anyone is seated in the theater, they can feel and be a part of the experience.

Q: Are you ever hesitant to give someone a reading during a show?

A: I have to sense and feel at least three things before I say something to someone. So if someone, say, lost their grandmother or lost their dad or friend, I could feel that. But if that’s how I feel, I’m not just gonna walk up to someone and say, oh, your friend passed away. Spirit [has to] bring me through their departure . . . make me feel what they felt as they left the physical world. So sometimes if someone passes from the lungs or chest, I’ll have difficulty taking a deep breath. If someone passes from something of the throat, I’ll actually feel something pressing against my throat. If someone dies tragically, I’ll taste blood. Then [the spirit will] show me a symbol of the burden or guilt that the person is holding on to that is not giving them the ability to heal, because that’s why I do what I do.

Q: How did the pandemic affect the demand for what you do?

A: I feel that people have become more spiritual and that there’s a need for it because people are searching for something. I say this to people all the time through the pandemic whether someone lost someone or didn’t lose a loved one, we’ve all lost something.

During those two years, we lost something. And that’s something that I feel that my gift has always done for people; it restores people’s faith and gives them courage. It’s almost like, in a weird way, permission to live life with happiness and joy.

I think that’s something that we all struggle with, especially with the loss of a loved one and some people might have gone through that during the pandemic of losing just connections with people; the ability to socialize. Maybe someone lost their job, or lost finances or lost their home . . . It’s difficult. So I think that what we also have realized, especially with the pandemic, is that a loss is a loss.

Q: Are there any challenges to touring?

A: It’s very energizing for me and very rewarding because I know that with every show that I do, people are going to look at their life different, whether they get read or not. Because what you’re experiencing in that room is something truly incredible.
To watch someone heal, I mean, you can literally see it on someone’s face. It’s almost like, and I don’t mean to sound so dramatic, but it’s such a magical moment, to watch someone who couldn’t even stand up, [who was] sobbing and is smiling and maybe saying something positive about their loved one that had died. It’s just something truly incredible.

Theresa Caputo

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10
WHERE: Palace Theatre, Albany
HOW MUCH: $43.75-93.75
TICKETS: Palacealbany.org

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