I am curious to know how much Caputo charges for a reading?
According to this blog:Shelly Frey Blog
She's charging $400 for a 30-minute session. According to several people who have reported seeing her, that amount is accurate. She reportedly charges less than half that amount for a second half hour, meaning a one-hour session probably costs $599.
According to other sites, she's pre-booked for private sessions for the next two years.
If she sees 5 people a day, five days a week, for only one half the year, she's charging poor, vulnerable, unsuspecting people $250,000 for six months of work. Great pay for a fiction writer, wouldn't you say?
"Making thousands" is very different from charging thousands.
She's charging people thousands of dollars. I don't know any way that can be spun to make her seem altruistic, but at $400 for 30 minutes, every five people who see her adds up to $2,000. So yeah, she's charging people thousands of dollars.
Can anyone explain to me why someone who is convinced that there is no such thing as "psychic" ability would even watch this show, let alone comment on it here? I'm sincerely curious.
I don't believe in Bigfoot, either. But I get a kick out of watching shows about people who "investigate" this non-existant creature. I don't believe that UFO's are craft piloted by alien lifeforms (in fact, I know that they're not). But I still like watching programs about people who think they are. I don't believe in ghosts, but watching these silly fake ghost investigation shows are a hoot as well. So, even though I know for a fact that the dead are unable to contact the living, I enjoy watching people who try to pass themselves off as being able to make that connection.
My wife and oldest daughter are currently watching all the seasons of "The Ghost Whisperer" on Netflix right now. Teresa's show is no more real that that show, and at least on "The Ghost Whisperer" Jennifer Love Hewitt's character doesn't charge anyone for availing them of her "gift".
Is she making money off the grief of others? Again, yes. But is that a crime? Or even wrong?
Hell YES, it's wrong. Very, very wrong.
Doctors help people AND make money. Now I'm not saying what Theresa does is the same as what a doctor does, lol, but I don't see why she should not get paid for doing what she does.
How would you feel about a doctor who says: "I'm going to do surgery on you and remove your tumor" and then they put the person under, let them sleep for half an hour and do nothing, then wake them up and say: "Congratulations! I took out your tumor. You're now perfectly healthy"... and the patient goes off, believing that they're cured when in fact the doctor did nothing at all?
Phony mediums do the same thing. They charge real money for vapor. The difference is that if a doctor doesn't take out your tumor, you can prove it by getting a second opinion. Doctor's are licensed and regulated. Doctors are supposed to practice under a code of ethics. Doctors are held to strict standards by governing bodies.
She has a talent, people want to pay her money for it.
But she advertises her talent in what I believe is an in appropriate way. If she advertised that she would do a reading for you and that it would be based on reading YOU and on her ability to make some good guesses about things that are important to you, and that she in no way was contacting anyone on the "other side"... then at least then people would go into the sessions with eyes wide open.
Again, unless she's making it all from one person, I don't see the harm.
So if I set up a Web site and lie and say that I'm dying and don't have money to pay for surgery and ask for donations of no more than -- let's say -- $50 per person... if I should collect, oh, $250,000 from thousands of people, then there's no harm done?
Is it "no harm done" that Miralus Healthcare sold 5 million tubes of "HeadOn" (apply directly to the forehead) at $8 each, even though the product contained no ingredients whatsoever that have any effect at all in relieving headaches? That any headache relief was due to nothing more than the placebo effect? No harm done, because they sold all of those tubes to a bunch of people and not just a few?
She is not contacting the dead!
Of course she isn't. The living and the dead do not communicate with one another.
And to be very clear, I don't think she's an out-and-out con artist, but it is quite obvious by watching unedited videos of her that she's performing cold reading (and sometimes not very well, at that). I think, like other "mediums" and the like, she's convinced herself that she does have some sort of genuine gift, and she's now just cold reading on autopilot. I also have no doubt that she's CONSCIOUSLY using well-worn phony psychic techniques to "fill in the gaps" when the autopilot isn't going as well as she would hope.