Sacramentans, get ready. Theresa Caputo is coming to town, and if she sees you on the street or in a store, she will approach with messages from the beyond.
Viewers of “Long Island Medium,” the TLC reality show featuring Caputo, her hair, her husband and the couple’s young-adult son and daughter, have seen Caputo spontaneously “read” nearly every butcher, baker and yogurt-shop patron in her hometown of Hicksville, N.Y.
These encounters usually start with a “get outta here – no really, get out of here” look from the subject and end in tears of grief or relief when Caputo’s words about a departed loved one hit home with the person.
Caputo also gives more formal readings, at gatherings in Long Island living rooms and on Saturday, at a nearly sold-out Sleep Train Arena. At the Sacramento show, Caputo will offer readings to some audience members and, as “Long Island Medium” fans can attest, fascinating viewing for others.
Here are five things to know about Saturday’s show and Caputo, who recently communicated with The Bee by phone.
She comes with a seal of approval. Caputo is a certified medium through the Forever Family Foundation, a nonprofit that, according to its website, aims “to further the understanding of Afterlife Science through research and education while providing support and healing for people in grief.”
Her Sleep Train Arena appearance is just a living-room group reading times a few thousand: “I will give a little speech about what people can expect during the night, 10-15 minutes,” Caputo said. Then “spirit will guide me through the theater.”
Reading recipients are not pre-selected: “I have no idea who attends the show,” Caputo said. “Nobody is filling out forms.”
She began seeing spirits at age 4 and has not had much quiet since. “There is constant chatter in my head, (and) I am not talking to myself,” Caputo said. “My mind never shuts off.”
Yet appearing before thousands of people with dead loved ones does not overwhelm her. “First off, speaking to dead people is overwhelming” on its own, Caputo said with a laugh. But the departed are well-behaved and do not crowd her. “They know my rules. They know what they need to do.”
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