Long Island Medium makes me a believer

love-opera-victoria-bakerLast summer I went to see Theresa Caputo, who is affectionately known as the Long Island Medium after her hit TLC television series.

The medium was performing to a packed house at the Stamford Palace Theatre. The energy before the show was electric and audience members had come because they believed in the possibility of connecting with their departed loved ones.

For those of you who have seen her show, I’m happy to say that Theresa Caputo is just as bubbly and fun to watch in person as she is on television. She spoke about her “gift” which she says has been with her since she was a little girl. At first, it was troubling and gave her deep anxiety until she realized her purpose in life was to help others connect with loved ones on the other side.

She claims that spirits speak to her in symbols and validate their identity using personal clues only their loved ones would understand. Lastly, she said that our dearly departed are always communicating with us via dreams or circumstances that remind us of them and that none of these should be discounted.

At this point in the program I had an open mind as to whether she was the “real deal” or just another entertaining act. And then she started doing readings in the audience. She got off the stage, came up to people and started transmitting messages from the “beyond”. People were visibly moved by her words, there was no shortage of tears and the atmosphere in the room was heavily charged.

She was coming up with facts, information, details so accurate she could not have guessed them and their only logical provenance was from “the other side”.

For someone who has never been to see a medium it was a surprisingly light-hearted experience. Emphasis was clearly placed on the fact that these beings were at peace, happy and had moved on from their earthly journey whilst always maintaining an interest in the lives of their loved ones in the “physical world.”

Members of the audience whose parents, siblings had passed were told they had actually attended their weddings, births and other breakthrough moments, albeit in “spirit”.

To a non-believer this all sounds like nonsense, a cruel circus trick to exploit innocent people in pain. I was a non-believer at first, but I confess after having seen her in person I feel differently. I saw how much she was helping these people, how desperately they needed to hear from their loved ones and how accurately she was describing events even though she had just met the person she was speaking to.

So yes, I am a believer in Ms. Caputo’s talents and I do believe in the concept of “mediums.” But please don’t misunderstand that to mean I believe in the validity of all persons claiming to be mediums. I now understand the following words of Teilhard de Chardin in a new light, “We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”


Victoria Baker, of Greenwich, is an opera singer. Winner of many prestigious competitions, she has performed and worked with distinguished artists all over the world (notably at Lincoln Center). Should you have any questions that deserve answers and may be in print please call 203-531-7499 or e-mail [email protected]

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