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Theresa Caputo, the Long Island Medium, May Be Moving to Fort Lauderdale


Theresa Caputo, also known as "The Long Island Medium" on her TV show of the same name, might be moving to Fort Lauderdale, as she revealed on an episode last night.

With her children in college but her husband, Larry, in tow, Theresa Caputo — a gregarious, platinum blond with alleged psychic abilities — drove in an R.V. from her home in Hicksville, New York (ion Long Island) to Fort Lauderdale. The Caputos were “trying out being snowbirds.” They rented a home on the Fort Lauderdale waterway, which they told family members in the January 10 episode that they might purchase.

In the second episode of the seventh season, Caputo interacted with “spirits” in Fort Lauderdale the same way she seems to do in Long Island. She surprises people who lost a loved one at their homes and then randomly on her daily errands. The biggest burden of doing her job in Florida, Caputo stressed throughout the entire episode, was the humidity and what it does to her hair.

“The pros so far are that it’s not cold, there’s no snow, and that we have an amazing house,” Caputo says. “If I can [get lift] in my hair is a huge part in determining if I move down here… My hair and my parents are the only things keeping me from moving to Florida.” (Her parents live next door to her in Long Island.)


In the episode, Caputo arrives in South Florida and rushes to Salon Bongini — the brainchild of celebrity stylist Joel Bongini — on Sunrise Boulevard in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Her hair is washed and blow-dried as she conducts an impromptu psychic reading for the woman sitting beside her. But even with hairspray, Caputo’s blond strands still fall flat when she steps outside — an all-too-real fact of life for any person living in South Florida. In every other outdoor shot, Caputo sports a visor or baseball cap.

“My hair is a big part of my personality,” she explains to her husband. “And my personality is one of the reasons that you love me.”

The show had its tear-jerking moments: Caputo surprised the parents of Warren Cohen, a young man who was killed in a hit-and-run in December 2014, and a yacht captain who lost her father and brother, in Lighthouse Point. She also held a group reading at Mama Mia Ristorante in Hollywood.

In June 2014, Ron Tebo, who runs a YouTube site focused on debunking frauds, declared that Caputo simply analyzes a person’s body language to make a high-probability guess or asks vague questions to a large group of people to increase her odds. Still, Caputo has appeared on Dr. Oz and the Today show.

In South Florida, Rose Marks, matriarch of a family of psychics, was convicted of fraud, having taken as much $17.8 million from her clients, most notably bestselling author Jude Deveraux. Marks was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

Despite the skepticism surrounding psychics, Caputo found fans wherever she went. In yesterday's episode, a fan approached Caputo as she was golfing. The woman ran up to Caputo and said: “I feel like I just won the lottery!” They hug.  

The episode ended with dinner on the Intracoastal Waterway with Caputo’s aunt, who resides in South Florida. Afterward, they headed to the Caputos' rented home in a water taxi. Caputo shrieked in excitement when she realized she could ride the water taxi to Galleria Mall.

“Who would rather take a yellow cab in Manhattan when they can take a water taxi?” Larry says to end the episode. 

Looks like Fort Lauderdale might be getting a celebrity medium. 

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Jess Swanson is a staff writer at New Times. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami’s School of Communication and wrote briefly for the student newspaper until realizing her true calling: pissing off fraternity brothers by reporting about their parties on her crime blog. Especially gifted in jumping rope and solving Rubik’s cubes, she also holds the title for longest stint as an unpaid intern in New Times history. She left the Magic City for New York to earn her master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism, where she spent a year profiling circumcised men who were trying to regrow their foreskins for a story that ultimately won the John Horgan Award for Critical Science Journalism. Terrified by pizza rats and arctic temperatures, she quickly returned to her natural habitat.
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