Long Island Medium & Hairspray

Bearman Cartoons Long Island Medium and HairsprayToday’s cartoon stars Theresa Caputo, better known on TLC as the Long Island Medium.   Sure we have seen tv psychics come and go: John Edwards, Sylvia Browne and of course my favorite Ms Cleo.

First of all let me say I am a:

Optimistic Skeptic

I don’t believe in psychics but I would love to find proof for myself of life beyond this one.  But I have to say, I am impressed by Theresa.  Not because of her abilities so much because as always on TV, we don’t know what is cut.  But rather her over the top personality and the melding of her family (and husband Larry or as she in her Long Island accent says “Laaarrrry”) into the show.

Of course one recurring theme is Theresa’s overuse of hairspray.   My wife used to overdo the hairspray.  She has since dropped her usage to about 1/4 of what she used in the past.  I think (and she agrees) that her hair and she looks even better now than when I met her.   So put it down Teresa!!!

I know there are skeptics who think that all mediums do harm to those they read by taking advantage of their grief.  I take a less harsh view.  I think those who would continually try to profit on the sorrow of a grieving person should be called out.   However, if a person has the ability to make you feel better about the loss of a loved one in one session, how is that different than going to see a psychologist?   Sadly, I think there are those who are addicted to mediums and are constantly looking for answers.

What say you?   Believe in spirits, mediums, good/bad?

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  1. hilarious ..loved the cartoon
    I have never used a hairspray still no spirits..maybe they are scared of my insane spirit….hmm sad

  2. George says:

    Psychics have always amused me. I can never fully determine whether they’re full of it or not because my one main gripe has always been “If it’s real, you’ll hear about it on television”. And that’s exactly where most notorious psychics end up. So, hey.

    Although I do get peeved because most of their questions to the audience only take extreme logic to answer. If you ask the right questions, every assumption you make will sound like gospel.

    • Bearman says:

      That is my issue. I have been to a couple “supposed” ones on a lark on vacation and they were horrible. The ones on TV they edit so much you don’t know what was cut.

      So once you have been on TV you are credible? hmmmm. I’ll take that under advisement.

  3. Red says:

    I have heard a few who really did speak of things beyond just the logical if A, B and D, then logically F, G and I. However, the majority are hocus pocus artists.

    I think psychologists are the rip off.

    And I definitely believe there is something after this.

    Fab comic.

  4. Tony McGurk says:

    Maybe the spray has a high SPF Rating(Spirit Proof Factor)

  5. Spirits and UV rays are repelled away!

  6. Oh, and spirits and all that mumbo jumbo, nah. But I do love me the horror movies and the macabre. Watching ‘Children on the Corn’ right now.

  7. Androgoth says:

    As always a brilliant cartoon that offers
    such a wicked and wonderful feel for your

    By the way I do believe
    in some of those psychics
    but it is something that
    each of us has to engage,
    and keep an open mind 🙂

    Be very well Bearman and enjoy
    a dark and enjoyable Hump Day 😉

  8. Tim Green says:

    I try to approach most things with an open mind, as long as people aren’t getting hurt. I’ve never seen this particular show, but it sounds entertaining!

  9. Bo Lumpkim says:

    I called one of them Psycho Hotlines one time and they asked, “Who is calling?” I told them if they were psychic they should know and hung up. J/K

    I do believe in spirits, both good and evil, but I believe these so called mediums are either frauds or demon posessed.

    I do believe there is life after death and considering my age and my health I’m glad I’m prepared for that.

    I could write pages on this subject…and have at times…but hey, this is just a comment.

  10. Deb says:

    Never watched her show, but seen several commercials of her, which made me decide not to watch her show.
    Nice drawing though!

  11. Roland says:

    I have never actually watched the show, but when I saw the commercials for it, I thought it was a parody show or something. I think it is all part of their “character” with the hairspray thing. Most of these reality shows are so laughable with their “real” look into peoples lives. I don’t about you, but I don’t think I could have a legit conversation with someone if there is a camera up in my face.

    • Bearman says:

      I think you could start your own reality show. Dad many times over, military man, cartoonist. I would watch.

      • Roland says:

        Well, I’m a civilian now, I only do the Navy thing one weekend a month as a reservist now. I just couldn’t see how cameras in the house would help my family out other than financially.

        • Bearman says:

          It’s television. We can fudge the fact that you are only in the reserves now.

          • Roland says:

            I think the beard I grow throughout the month would tip them off… lol

          • George says:

            A TV company wanted to put my stepdaughter and her boyfriend as stars of a reality show (mainly because they both look like models and fit in nicely on television). It was supposed to be about teens who are madly in love but their parents are dead-set against their “way-too-serious” union. It never got off the ground because Boyfriend’s parents hate my daughter so much they wouldn’t agree to it. True story. They would have set up cameras in each of our houses. I’m not sure if I would be comfortable with living a “reality tv” life, but I was for it just in case it could have gotten AC on tv. 😀

          • Bearman says:

            She should have told him that she would get a new boyfriend. Seriously, how could anyone not like your adorable daughter (well she is a teenage girl…)

  12. Christina says:

    This is funny because I just saw some guy online talking to a medium claiming to be in touch with Steve Jobs. Will try to find the link…

  13. 1st off I love that show, and the hairspray bit is funny. But I need to correct you, she isn’t psychic she is a medium, a psychic can “see” the future and a medium is someone who can contact dead people. There are a ton of fakes out there, and there are a handful of real ones. I have never met a psychic but I have met a medium. It is strange when they pull out things that no one could know and it brings a certain amount of peace to the matter. I also don’t think dead people are just hanging out all over the place there needs to be a reason why they are there.

  14. Comedy Plus says:

    No I’m not a believer. Not one bit and I agree if there are those that take advantage of those that are grieving then they should be called out. And loudly.

    Have a terrific day. 🙂

  15. lisleman says:

    thinking of psychics reminded me of this great video clip
    I don’t believe much in psychics but there does seem to be picking up vibes from another person.

  16. Mark Stokes says:

    Hairspray should be an essential item in an exorcism ritual kit! Love it, Beeaarrrman!

  17. “The spirit world is contacting me…they are saying I have an annoying accent and that television is in a death spiral…”

  18. Binky says:

    I pretty much share your beliefs. I like to keep an open mind, but obviously there are many who are fakes who take advantage of vulnerable people. There are those few, however, who really do seem to have a sixth sense. There are still a lot of mysteries out there that cannot be explained by science.

  19. James says:

    Her hair is what’s killing the bees.

  20. DadaHyena says:

    Oy…Ms. Cleo. Is it any coincidence that I used to see her commercials playing during Jerry Springer?

  21. G.B. Miller says:

    I find the show very entertaining (I watch it alot). As for believing or not, I’m not quite sure. I would have to say that I’m a lot like you, in that I’m optimistic skeptic.

    I think really the only way to find out if those readings were genuine would be to actually contact one of those people and find out what really went on.

    • Bearman says:

      I have seen some magicians do some pretty effective readings. I think what could sell it for me is to see someone say. “you know that safe in your dads house that you haven’t yet found the combination…well he says the combo is…”

  22. I live under a rock so I’ve never seen ‘The Long Island Medium’.
    Although my first thoughts were, “she looks a bit like the ‘Hey, Yall!’ cooking lady”. This was confirmed by a little research. Once I woke up enough to realize Googling ‘Paula Jones’ doesn’t return ‘Paula Deen’ info. *bites lower lip and sticks up thumb*

  23. Gruhn says:

    I think there is something to it but I’m not on board 100% I do not believe in hairspray though.

  24. frigginloon says:

    She looks like Kate Gosselin 😯

  25. jynksie says:

    We have chicks like her up here in New England, they live in Re-veya [Revere MA], which is known as the land of the bubblegum chewing, hairspray queens! #TrueStory

    • Bearman says:

      How come no one in MA can pronounce correctly the name of their city?

      • jynksie says:

        Concord [Conk-id]
        Gloucester {Gloss-tah]
        Haverhill [Have-rill]
        Leominster [Lemon-stah]
        Manchester [Man-chestah]
        Mwdford [Meffah]
        Portsmouth {port-smith]
        Worcester [Woostah]
        Woburn [Woo-bin]
        Provincetown [P-town]

        If a city in New England has three syllables, we generally remove the second syllable to get it out fastah. …and as always, the letter “R” is prounced “AH”.

        Heres an article from Boston University explaining the dialect: http://www.bu.edu/mfeldman/Boston/wicked.html

        ..take some time to read it tomorrow since it’s Saddadee [grin]

        • Bearman says:

          Worcester [Woostah] is the worst. Had a coworker say they had to go through Worcester and pronounced it Woostah. I’m like, I can’t find that place on a map

  26. I prefer my spirits distilled.

    One thing about what makes psychics appear to work is that they are usually very good at reading people.

  27. Keith Bearman says:

    I’m from Long Island. This woman is as representative of life there as is the Amityville Horror.

    Ever seen a mentalist at work? A good one? Ms Caputo is as good at a “cold read” as any professional mentalist. But I’d rather watch the Amazing Kreskin. Maybe if she could divine the location of her paycheck it would be more interesting. I guarantee she works on a “cash in hand” basis.

    In the world of physics, energy can neither be created nor destroyed. Since we are made up of energy, then that energy goes somewhere when we die. But to a “higher” spiritual plane? Not a snowball’s chance in hell.

  28. starlaschat@yahoo.com says:

    Cartoon looks just like her big hair and all. :+) My Mom use to use a ton of hairspray when I was growing up not so much now.

  29. Jande says:

    I gave up on hairspray when I was still in my teens. It does nothing for straight hair, unless you want to play football without a helmet. Which I don’t.

    My Grandmother back in England used to tell stories about when she used to run or attend seances. Used to make the hair on the back of my neck stand up.

    Human beings need to have faith in something bigger than themselves. For some it’s Religion, for others it’s Sports teams, or eating Vegan, or their traditional political Party. For the lady medium in your cartoon, Bearman, it could be in having Bigger Hair. ;`) But I tend toward the Agnostic and the agnostic in most things. And I prefer to try respect a person’s needs if I can.

    I just don’t know the Truth-with-a-capital-T and I figure few people live long enough to gather the knowledge as well as the wisdom to ever really “know”. I’m glad there are still some mysteries in life that Science or Religion simply can’t explain away.

    • Bearman says:

      Honestly agnosticism isn’t a bad place to be. You have your own beliefs but are OK with finding out something different.

      I always say, I have my own religious beliefs. That doesn’t mean I got it right and when I die for all I know the Moonies were the ones that got it right.

  30. George says:

    I wish I was psychic, but I’m afraid I’m too large to ever be a medium.

  31. I, too, am a recovering hairsprayaholic. Every once in awhile I relapse, flip my head over and spray to my heart’s content. I usually regret it instantly.

    When I was a teen, I would have these strange dreams or weird deja vu moments about a grandparent. Every time it happened, I would find out a few hours later that they had passed away. Totally freaked me out!

  32. Colleen says:

    never used hairspray, only had it used on me for 8th grade graduation and a few other rare occasions when I got my hair “done.” in fact, (true confession) I recently cut off my signature ponytail. Whatever the hairdo I’ve only had fleeting moments that seemed paranormal, nothing that I could harness at will into a moneymaking proposition unless I mixed in a healthy dose of scammery.

  33. A.M. Frasier says:

    I’m the optimistic skeptic too. Although I did have an experience, back in Ohio, with a friend that was unexplainable. To this day neither of us knows what exactly happened.

  34. Love this cartoon. Very funny.
    Paying someone who pretend to be a medium??? Oooh NEVER. At least not right now.

    Here’s my point of view:
    I think there are gifted people in this world but they’re not the ones taking advandtage of people’s grief. I guess they’re discreet and don’t ask for money cause it shouldn’t be a business.

    Some people go to mediums to have a fun experience. But I don’t think it’s a good thing when you’re desperate and sad. I’d be super scared… It’s like gambling addiction to me. Well kinda.

    • Bearman says:

      I had a friend take her dog to a pet psychic. Supposedly the woman was really good (diagnosed that one animal had a tumor that the vet couldn’t see until xrays were done)

      By the door in another room on the way out, people could donate money to her for her time or not.

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