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The Long Island Medium releases her second book this September
Highly anticipated book released Oct 1st, 2013, with a second on the way
Theresa Caputo is known for her television show on TLC, "Long Island Medium," one of the highest rated and most popular cable shows of all time. Now she is branching out, releasing her first book, titled, "There's More to Life Than This: Healing Messages, Remarkable Stories, and Insight About the Other Side from the Long Island Medium."
Caputo is known as a "psychic medium" who claims to communicate with the dead. On her show, she often stops random strangers with messages from the other side. Her accuracy and charming personality landed her a show on TLC in 2011, which was an immediate and instant success, garnering enormous ratings. Her popularity has since grown, as TLC prepares to air the second half the 4th season of the show this Fall.
"I've always known I had a gift," Caputo told NBC's Today Show on May 10, 2013. "It's something I've always had, and only later in life did I learn how to use my gift to help others."
Her fans are also loyal followers, often packing large auditoriums on Caputo's nationwide tour. Some of her most recent bookings have netted attendance totals in upwards of two to three thousand people.
"She hasn't had a show that hasn't sold out," said a marketing agent with Ticketmaster.com. "We're really surprised at her success. She is one of the top selling stage shows in America presently, and a lot of people don't know that. One thing that makes her so special is how she interacts with the audience."
Her second book is on the way
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Skeptics decry her as a "fake"
The Long Island Medium's rise to fame hasn't always been a smooth one. Numerous critics have chimed in to criticize her show as "gimmicky", skeptics denounce her "powers" as nothing more than soothsaying and tricks, and numerous web sites about the Long Island Medium such as longislandmediumfake.com, have popped up to pick apart her "act". Roy Tribble, a media watchdog and film fan site owner (of such sites like Man Of Steel 2) says she is a "fraud" and continues to promote his anti-Caputo site. He also runs the popular ScamWatchdog.org blog and reviews products like Binary Matrix Pro and The Free Money System.
James Randi, the world's most famous skeptic curmudgeon, declared the Long Island Medium a "fraud" in a dismissive rant posted at Wired.com:
"Caputo is just one more of the myriad faux seers who have stepped into the TV spotlight for their turn, and though her exuberant shtick rather outdoes the others, she’ll do her number along with Sylvia Browne, Van Praagh, John Edward and “Psychic Sally” until someone with a newer novelty elbows her offstage." -- James Randi
Scifake.com has also launched a particularly pointed and targeted effort to attack her, publishing numerous articles declaring "proof" of her "cold reading". Cold reading is a form of mentalism designed to play off of a subject's desire to "believe" and the information they voluntarily impart to the "psychic" providing "answers". Psychic John Edward, famous during the 1990s, received particularly harsh criticism for his brand of so-called "cold-reading".
Despite the volley of criticism, Caputo remains unfazed, often dismissing skeptics or ignoring them altogether. She has said she does not use "Google" to look up information on subjects, and says she only receives a "first name" and phone number before she gives anyone a professional, formal reading. So far, no one has been able to disprove her claim.
New details may come out of book release
While Caputo's background remains somewhat of a mystery, her new book could change that:
"The always funny, frank, and down-to-earth medium began communicating with Spirit at the age of four, but didn’t fully accept her gift until she was thirty-three years old. She had a good life as a busy wife and mom, but also suffered from chronic anxiety that came from ignoring her unique abilities. Once Theresa began channeling, she discovered that she felt much better after delivering a message from Spirit and releasing that energy. Since then she’s used her extraordinary gift to help countless people heal from the loss of their loved ones." -- Amazon.com
What little is known about Caputo seems to come from only her own sources. Few, if any, friends or family members from her past have spoken of her to national or local media. Only a disgruntled former friend named "Kim" has told their story to a web site claiming Theresa Caputo is a fake. The site, known as "Long Island Medium Fake.com", charges one of Caputo's close friends has intimate knowledge of how the so-called "psychic" fakes and hoaxes her readings and insights.
The source claims Caputo uses a network of "private investigators" to obtain information on potential clients and people who will appear on her show. This person also claims Caputo has flippantly confessed in private that she is just "in it for the money" and has mocked those who believe her as "gullible". As of this writing, the "source" close to Caputo has yet to reveal their name, though the Long Island Medium Fake.com web site says this person will soon come forward with audio and video recordings.
Book "could set records"
The publishing world is abuzz with speculation that the book may set records in the non-fiction category and biography category this year. Sure to be a New York Times Best-Seller, estimates are that the book may sell between 500,000 and one million copies in its first run. While no formal figures have been released, it is rumored Caputo received a large advance from Simon & Schuster for the book, in the area of $1 to 2 million dollars.
Nationally-known psychics have a long history of publishing books. Sylvia Browne, made famous by The Montell Williams Show, has written dozens of best-selling books. John Edward, famous for his "Crossing Over" syndicated show, has written nine books and continues to perform to audiences, now in Las Vegas. Others, like James Van Praagh, Doreen Virtue and Allison Dubois have all cashed in on the psychic craze with lucrative book deals.
Despite the criticism, the public places psychics in high demand, and seeks out those who offer a level of legitimacy and consistency.