Long Island Medium Makes Her Mark in Lowell
LOWELL -- The backdrop on the Lowell Memorial Auditorium stage glittered like stars in the night sky Wednesday. Loud, excited chatter filled the auditorium as more than 2,000 people waited for Theresa Caputo to appear.
Fans snapped selfies and took photos in front of the stage until it was showtime, when photo, video and audio recordings were “strictly prohibited.”
The audience erupted into cheers, screams and applause when “Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience” began. Caputo, famously known as the Long Island Medium, drew all ages to her show. Children, parents and grandparents came to see what her readings would bring. Skeptics, believers and everyone in between were transfixed.
Some came with no expectations and others were extremely hopeful for the chance to reconnect with a loved one lost. And Caputo assured that the loved ones of the audience members were not waiting for them at the cemetery nor did she bring them with her. Instead, she said, they are with you.
“Your loved ones are going to give you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear,” Caputo said, adding that this is a “true hello from heaven.”
Caputo wore a simple black dress and sported her signature long, white nails and big blond hair. She said she would allow the spirits to guide her throughout the auditorium, walking wherever she felt the strongest energies and messages were coming through. Her camera crew followed, casting the video onto the big screen so those far away could see.
At one point, she was drawn to Glenn DeLuca, of Hampstead, N.H., because of his late mother. He is a longtime fan of her show on TLC.
“She’s got a gift,” he said. “It was so worth it.”
DeLuca was there with his wife, Dale DeLuca, on their 31st anniversary. They were supposed to see Caputo last year, but missed it after they mixed up the date.
“It was a nice experience to say we feel our parents are in a better place,” Dale DeLuca said. “She’s a good person. You appreciate when you see someone on TV and they are the same in person.”
Caputo moved to another area of the auditorium saying a spirit was telling her to stop there. Betty Dick, of Tewksbury, rose to hear about her late husband, Ed, who was a prominent member in the Tewksbury community, serving both on the Board of Selectmen and School Committee. He died in 2016.
Caputo told Mrs. Dick that her husband knew she was there with him in his final moments. She also asked if Dick still had her husband’s wallet. Her answer was, “Yes, no money,” which drew laughter from the crowd.
“It was a very nice show. She’s quite the entertainer,” Dick said. “It was nice to bring up nice memories, she reinforced that. She pulled everybody in.”
Dick said her husband has been gone for a couple years, but she still misses him everyday.
“My husband would have enjoyed being here -- he was,” Dick said.
Many were brought to tears as Caputo said she relayed messages from their late loved ones. She walked to one area and asked about a suicide, focusing on the throat, saying she tasted blood in her mouth. One woman acknowledged her husband hanged himself. Caputo said her late husband apologized and said: “I don’t know how to be good to her in the way she needed me to be.”
There were many stories Thursday night, but the one that seemed to resonate with the audience most was saved for the very end. Caputo spoke with a couple who lost their son just one month ago. Caputo got the sense he was away from home and told his mother she didn’t want him to leave but was supportive. Caputo kept saying she got the sense he was a gentleman and had lots of friends where he was away from home.
The father said their son had lived with schizophrenia for years and had recently moved out into his own apartment. He said when they visited them at his new place, he took them to all the shopkeepers in the area, who he said were his friends.
“I just thought it was very beautiful to watch people be healed from their grief,” said Lysa Miller, of Hudson.
Two lucky fans were given the opportunity to meet Caputo backstage after the show. She also threw several T-shirts into the crowd. And whether audience members had a reading or not, many walked away with a sense of hope and positivity. Skeptics, at least, walked away entertained from Caputo’s bold and humorous nature.
“This is not about you believing in mediums,” Caputo said, “this is about you believing in yourself.”
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