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'Long Island Medium' Theresa Caputo talks skeptics, stage fright and hair and nail maintenance




Theresa Caputo of TLC's Long Island Medium has a high-voltage image, funny, brash and easily caricatured — she has been parodied on Saturday Night Live — but she's got real emotional pull for millions of viewers. She's a psychic medium who says she communicates with the dead. Her waiting list is years out, and 8-year-olds have begged parents to come see her.

She's more at ease talking to people one-on-one, she said, and her appearance Saturday at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa is the kind of thing that makes her nervous. Caputo will speak about herself and let her spirit guide take her where it takes her, revealing messages to members of the crowd.

She knows fans will show up desperate for answers. She knows they won 't all get them.

"It's very uncomfortable for me," she said. "I don't necessarily like being the center of attention, actually, so I find it much easier to speak to dead people than to stand on stage. . . . It's so hard. That was one of the reasons why it took me a long time to do large venues, large groups and things like that. I don't want people walking away disappointed. That's why I try to prepare everyone in my speech, for them to try to look at this as an experience, you know, like anything that's happening, to pay attention."

Theresa Caputo will appear at 7 p.m. Saturday at the USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave. Tickets are $25.50 to $85.50. Click here for details.

For more with Theresa Caputo, click here for Stephanie Hayes' interview.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 7, 2013 12:39pm]


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