Since debuting in 2011, Long Island Medium has dominated ratings and made its star, Long Island native Theresa Caputo, a household name. From being “the most watched non-sports program” in 2013 to raking in viewership stats that were “25% higher than TLC’s average rating in the show’s regular time slot” in 2016, the series is showing no signs of slowing down.
Caputo’s larger-than-life personality (and hair) are undoubtedly to thank, as is her reported ability to see, feel and sense spirits — a talent she discovered when she was just four years old, but didn’t embrace until she was in her twenties. She describes on her website that it was only after seeing spiritual healer and teacher Pat Longo about her anxiety that the reality star was instructed to “learn to channel Spirit through my chakras and release it with my words.” This is something she claims to do on her show, but that many are now questioning. Here’s the untold truth of Theresa Caputo.
Speaking with a widowed mom of three who invited the reality star into her home for a reading, the outlet discovered that Caputo actually relies on help from her production team to get it just right. Meeting with Caputo’s assistant a day before taping, the unnamed widow was asked “to tell her all about my husband’s passing, so I did,” she revealed. “She promised she wouldn’t tell Theresa, but she totally could have told her everything.”
Then came their encounter, which left a bad taste in the mom’s mouth. “After our greeting, which we had to film twice because I didn’t say the right things, Theresa brushed right past me and began talking to her crew,” she recalled. “The crew knew what my husband looked like. They could have told Theresa about it when she first spoke with them.”
Despite filming for a whopping six hours, she claims Caputo “didn’t hit on anything surprising, and became very agitated and angry when I shut her down. I refused to fake it and cry ‘Oh my God, you’re right!’” she said, concluding, “I don’t believe her. I think she’s full of crap! I don’t think she really gives a sh*t about the people she meets. It’s all for the cameras.”
While promoting his new reality show, Criss Angel BeLIEve, in which he set out to unmask “the creative process behind illusions and demonstrations,” famed illusionist Criss Angel personally called out Caputo and questioned her authenticity.
“The interesting thing about [Criss Angel BeLIEve] is that it does have the word ‘lie’ in the middle,” he told NewsDay while promoting the series. “So, for me, I say believe but be cautious. And don’t take the LIE!” And so, he set out to debunk all kinds of lies, both on the small screen and off it, turning his sights to a certain celebrity psychic medium.
“@theresacaputo take my 2 million dollar challenge or stop exploiting the vulnerable,” he tweeted in October 2013, challenging the star to prove herself. “If you’re legit ur 2Million richer.” Not surprisingly, she didn’t respond or take the challenge, leaving many to question if she does indeed have something to hide.
In addition to being called a “phony” by some of her clients, Caputo landed at the center of a full-fledged investigation in 2014 when professional whistleblower Ron Tebo, who runs SciFake.com, set out on her trail to prove that her ability to communicate with the deceased is a total hoax.
“Theresa is like a vulture preying on the most vulnerable,” Tebo told RadarOnline of his motivation. “I think it’s despicable.” After spending a year interviewing a slew of clients and colleagues, the investigator concluded that Caputo is simply reading body language, making high-probability guesses and relying on her assistants to pre-interview the show’s guests — not talking to the dead.
“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,” he told the outlet. “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.”
Tebo went on to speculate that, “when you purchase a ticket, you provide your full name, address and phone number to the vendor. The vendor can share this information with her staff, and then they can investigate the individual audience members. It seems she focuses on the front rows.”