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Theresa Caputo gets supernatural

By Jane Stevenson, Postmedia Network

Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo gives 24 Hours some insight into the supernatural. TLC

Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo gives 24 Hours some insight into the supernatural. TLC

So what exactly does a woman who sees dead people do on Halloween?

 “It’s Halloween every day in my life!” quips Theresa Caputo a.k.a. the Long Island Medium from the hit TLC show of the same name which begins its new season on Nov. 6.

In the meantime, Caputo - whose thick New York accent, bouffant blonde hairdo and long nails make her instantly recognizable - is on an eight-city tour across Canada which launches in Vancouver on Tuesday night (Oct. 24) and includes Casino Rama, north of Toronto, on Nov. 2 and 4.

We caught up with Caputo, 51, from her tour bus in Spokane, Wash.

What’s your take on the world's future right now? It’s seems like a pretty dark place these days!

It has no relevance to what I do. I don’t predict the future. I have no opinion on someone else’s free will choices. People make mistakes in life and make choices and it has nothing to do with what I do as a medium. What goes on in the world, that’s something completely different. What I do is I’m able to connect with the souls of the departed to deliver messages.

So you’re OK that you see dead people?

It took me a long time to embrace my gift. I am a practising Catholic so it took me a long time to incorporate that with my faith. And I struggled with, ‘Who’s going to come and see a medium? Who’s going to talk to their dead relatives?’ But what I learned is that when we lose a loved one we are wracked with burden and guilt. So spirit (what she calls her ability) is going to give us that restored faith and know that they’re still with us, just in a different way.

You’ve had detractors. What do you say to skeptics?

I’m the first one to say that what I do is crazy. How can someone communicate with someone who has died? But Spirit has me talk about things that there’s no way that I would know about. So everyone has a right to their own opinion. And more firmly, I respect that. But what I do isn’t about people believing in what I do. That doesn’t matter to me. I want you to believe and still know that your loved ones are still with you. And that’s it.

 Can you go out and be anonymous anymore?

(Laughs). I always say this, at the end of the day, I am just Theresa Caputo and I talk to dead people. This is how I’ve always been. This is how I will always be. It’s just who I am. It is interesting. Before when I used to go out, I would know people. But now I go out, the second I enter a store everyone starts talking to their dead relatives. (Laughs)

From what age did you feel you could talk with the dead?

From the very young age of four I can remember sensing and feeling Spirit. As a child I was always able to express what I was sensing and feeling. No one ever made a big deal about it. As I got older, I realized not only was I sensing the souls of my loved ones, but everyone’s loved ones. And I had to learn how to understand what it was that Spirit wanted to tell me about strangers. Being Catholic you’re taught not to bother the dead. What I realized was, I’m not bothering anyone, they’re the ones bothering me. I literally put it in God’s hands.

So when did you reconcile with it?

It was later in my twenties and then not until the age of 33 is when I realized that this is what I was supposed to do and I moved forward with my gift.