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Fake(?) mediums...Theresa Caputo, Long Island Medium.

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ZenBlood Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Me and my mom dabble in watching "Long Island Medium" from time to time. Of course, the question "Is she being genuine?" always stands between being amazed by her readings or disgusted by how she's fooling people.

This is sort of my rant to people commenting on no-nothing sites that ask for people's opinions on whether Theresa is fake or not. Personally, I'm (%30)open to her being real, but I'm also fully aware of cold-reading.

Annon: "her questions she asks are always correct. she barely asks them anything she does most of the talking....so how can you sit there and say she is a fake"

Well, that does seem to be true. When it comes to certain things like tattoos, I find it hard to believe that someone could know what your tattoo is if it's well-hidden; but you'd be surprised how people can come up with those things. Either they might have seen a glimmer of a tattoo or whatever by chance, or they had something planned out. I remain skeptic.

Annon#2: "They are not dead people who can't move on. That is such a crock. When you die, you go to heaven or you go to hell. "

Now, I really hate it when people throw in what they believe like it's a validated fact. I believe that people have spirits and that they may continue on, glued to this earth, but that isn't a known fact, so, let's not even go there.

Annon #3: "Real or fake...she gives comfort to many people who are having a difficult time after a loved one dies...real or fake, she's helped many people get over the loss of a loved one"

Uhhh...no...that's like never telling your child Santa Claus is fake. Sure, it makes everything seem more magical to them, but do you want them to learn to accept life how it is, or do you want them not to be able to deal with how things actually work? If she is lying, I find it terribly sick and disrespectful. Making people "feel better" isn't a valid excuse for earning money by lying to someone who's suffering. Why not teach someone to cope with a loss in a healthy way without lying to them?

Has anyone heard of her being a validated fake yet?

On an semi-related note...
I remember when I was younger, rude comments made by random people on the internet didn't bother me. Now I've grown quite tired and frustrated with it. Why can't people reply to each other in a thought-out or at least respectful manor? Meh...
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UBOA-CHAN Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i have a feeling its all staged, she meets with the people before the show and tells them "act really surprised when i point out certain things about your "deceased" love one and maybe cry a bit i dunno"

shes really annoying too :T
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ZenBlood Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student General Artist
It's hard to take her seriously with those nails...and that hair o.e
Then again, if it's possible to communicate with the dead, I suppose anyone can be born to.
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
I tend to find that people with any real sort of special talent don't waste it on crummy reality shows.
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ZenBlood Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Agreed :/
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siantjudas Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012   Digital Artist
Not as fake as their tits.
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Agent-Sarah Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
TLC thought it was a good idea to air a show about a fraud that cold reads and exploits people.
Then again, this is the same channel that gives us Honey Boo Boo so not a big surprise they lower the bar with this crap...
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ZenBlood Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
It's pretty sad :/
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Agent-Sarah Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah...
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Kinrift Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
At first I thought you were talking about artistic mediums. :lol:
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:iconzenblood:
ZenBlood Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Pencils don't exist.
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Kinrift Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
My whole life has been a lie!
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MasterInsanity Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Writer
When ever I visit a psychic, I always ask them for my name first. It's a really out-there name, so it's very difficult to guess. I actually met someone once who I still swear was the real deal. He was able to tell me my name and the details of an incident that (up to that point) only I and someone who is dead now, knew about. I was just like, "Here. Take $50. I'm running away now :iconscaredplz:"
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ZenBlood Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
xD wow.
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deviant-garde Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Personally, I'm (%30)open to her being real


Are you out of your goddamn mind?
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ZenBlood Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student General Artist
I don't know her personally, so, I'm not going to make any certainties about her.
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deviant-garde Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Make any CERTAINTIES? Do you how utterly ludicrous the idea of CONSIDERING that she can somehow speak to the dead is? If I told you I could make party confetti shoot out of my ass like a T-shirt cannon would you give me the benefit of the doubt if you never met me?
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ZenBlood Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student General Artist
I don't think that a person can really speak to the dead, but perhaps sense them and have little communication.
Well, as to your question, I've seen people spray paint out their ass, so, I would at least wait for you to prove it to me before claiming that you couldn't. Then again, I wouldn't really want to see that e.o
Remember, I did say that I'm more doubtful of her abilities.
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EscarlataFox Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Even if she is fake she might not actually know that she is. She might think she's the real deal.
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ZenBlood Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student General Artist
That's true. The mind can go back on you without you knowing it.
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EscarlataFox Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait... can you rephrase that for me please?
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ZenBlood Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Hm, let's see...
I was just agreeing with you and saying that your mind can trick you into believing that you may have psychic powers or other things like that.
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EscarlataFox Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, okay. :la: It was just a little open-ended and unclear to me, that's all =D
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deviant-garde Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
In order to manipulate gullible people like that you have to be consciously doing it.
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EscarlataFox Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's true... Although I wouldn't be surprised if there were fakes out there that fully believed they were real.
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darkanddefiant Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
for some reason i keep thinking that you're talking about mother theresa. :stare:
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:iconzenblood:
ZenBlood Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student General Artist
How dare that she-devil take care of the sick! D:<
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Agent-Sarah Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
As well as speak to the dead with a Long Island accent!
That is a goofy mental image right there...
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Spudfuzz Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Annon #3: "Real or fake...she gives comfort to many people who are having a difficult time after a loved one dies...real or fake, she's helped many people get over the loss of a loved one"

Temporary solutions don't solve permanent problems. Outright lying (if it were) will set them back farther when the truth comes out.
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ZenBlood Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Pretty much :/
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290Pika Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student Filmographer
I had to do a group presentation on channeling/mediums for one of my classes this past semester.

And I was the one that presented the proponents' case in support of mediumship.

I died a little inside.
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CrimeRoyale Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional
Yaaaay. Gotta love forced debates and they stick you on the shitty side.
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290Pika Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Filmographer
I just hated actually having to say some of this crap.

JZ Knight is freaking crazy.
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ZenBlood Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh, I believe one can be a medium, but I'm talking about specific cases.
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290Pika Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student Filmographer
It's all bullshit thus far, at least from a critical thinking perspective. :no: Mediums have very little, if any, credible evidence that they actually do anything.
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MurphysDinnerParty Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am a really sad person. I really thought at first that you were talking about alcohol. So apparently not only am I a pervert, I'm a drunk too. :iconfacepalmplz:

I have a hard time believing in mediums that advertise themselves to the public or make themselves well known. It seems that people that brag about their capabilities in that area are usually the ones that tend to be crooks. I've never heard of Theresa Caputo, but if she's really popular I'm going to say there is a 90% chance she's fake. I always thought if someone was a medium they didn't advertise their gifts in such a way when they would gain a nickname like the "Long Island Medium", which really sounds like an ingredient for a cocktail drink.

On your semi-related notes, it's really hard to reply in a thought-out, respectful manner to people that give off such deplorable mannerisms. I only give respect to people that earn it. You can't be mature with every single response because it doesn't work for a lot of people on the internet.
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EscarlataFox Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How about psychics that only rely on word of mouth? :? Now I bet there's a much better chance of those being the real thing. :o
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MurphysDinnerParty Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I'm really referring to psychics/mediums that have reality tv shows and live in big houses/mansions. They tend to be cold readers and not necessarily real.
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EscarlataFox Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh ok, yeah.
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EscarlataFox Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*relies
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ZenBlood Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student General Artist
"I always thought if someone was a medium they didn't advertise their gifts in such a way when they would gain a nickname like the 'Long Island Medium', which really sounds like an ingredient for a cocktail drink."

You should see her- she looks like a ingredient for a cocktail xD
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MurphysDinnerParty Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle:
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Vicsor-S3 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Google the name and put "Randi" behind it. There's your debunking.
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Vicsor-S3 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
[link]

And there it is.
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Porto881 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Never trust a TV psychic.

That being said, I don't think *all* mediums are fake. Just most of them.

My mom is psychic, and I trust her because... well, she's my mom. We're really close, and I know she's not lying or purposefully cold reading. I think some of it *is* cold reading just because she's very perceptive by nature, but she's also done some really uncanny shit before, stuff that goes beyond just a cold reading. Still, I'd be lying if I told you I wasn't still somewhat skeptical of that stuff in general.

Also, I've had a few experiences with so-called psychics just by random chance. One asked to read us for free in a coffee shop. It was a while ago, but I remember him clearly describing the layout of our house. So either he was legit to some extent, or he stalked us xD I dunno.
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Pakaku Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
They're all fake by default, until you phone them and they answer "I KNEW YOU WOULD PHONE ME, ZENBLOOD"
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EscarlataFox Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There's this one psychic, apparently if you call her she answers and already knows your name.
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Pakaku Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Caller ID doesn't count. So now that I think about it, the psychic should phone you as soon as you're about to dial their number.
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EscarlataFox Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol: She wouldn't have you on caller ID though. She'd just see the number because you wouldn't be saved to her phone.
But lol, I agree that would be a better idea. :lol:
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Kinrift Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Maybe she has software that takes the number, looks through a Yellow Pages sorta database, and returns caller name?
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EscarlataFox Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You know what, that... That makes a lot of sense. :confused:
In that case, if I ever do contact her, I will use someone else's phone and see how that pans out. :lol:
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