If the city of Durham hasn’t already issued a High Hair Alert for Thursday, they should consider it. Theresa Caputo, star of TLC’s popular “Long Island Medium” TV series, brings her 30-city tour to town for a show at the Durham Performing Arts Center.
Caputo – her fans adore her, her skeptics don’t trust her – has built her career and reputation on the claim that she can receive messages from spirits. And who’s to say that lofty halo of white-blond hair isn’t some kind of supernatural antenna that allows her to do just that? Caputo will work the DPAC crowd for two hours Thursday, during which time she says she will channel spirits of the deceased who want to get a message to loved ones.
The outspoken TV star also released a book this month (“There’s More to Life Than This,” Atria Books), the week before her TLC series returned for the second half of its fourth season. We talked to Caputo a few weeks before her trip to Durham (no channeling – just a regular telephone chat) about what people at the Durham show can expect, what she says to skeptics and how she feels about the South.
Look, the bottom line is we’ve all lost somebody. We’ve all lost somebody in a common way. What do you want me to do about that? People die and people die in a common way. Heart attack, cancer. I have no control over that. But what you will witness during the experience are the little things the spirit talks about that you’re like, ‘How would she know that? That’s crazy.’ And it’s not me, it’s the spirit telling me to tell you these things. So that’s where it separates it, where you have to sit back and go, ‘You know, I don’t know if I believe in this, but something happened tonight.’ You know what? Then it was all worth it.