TIA BELLE is best known as the psychic to The Real House-wives of New Jersey. She once burned sage in the Towaco Mc-Mansion of Teresa Giuduce to rid it of negative energy, and she
still counts Jacqueline Laurita as a regular.
“I’ve read all of them,” she says from her Ridgewood shop,
the Craft by Tia, on a sunny afternoon in June. The Craft
sells candles, incense, Wiccan items, spells and spiritual
gemstone jewelry. The gems are handmade and blessed by
Tia, with each meant to confer its own healing properties.
Tia, who grew up in North Haledon, concocts custom spells
for her clients at the store to counteract whatever is troubling
them. She also gives readings behind closed doors, seated on
an elaborately carved throne.
“The biggest misconception about what I do is that it’s anti-God, or it’s dark. That couldn’t be farther from the truth,” says
the former crime-scene detective with the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department.
Tia’s gift for communicating with the dead has been with her
since she was a preschooler, she says, but she tapped into it pro-
fessionally nine years ago after a health scare prompted a career
switch. She was instantly successful. In 2013, she landed a TV
show on A&E, Psychic Tia. The show lasted a single season, but
not because Tia wasn’t a credible medium. “It just wasn’t a good
match,” Tia says. But the show had a positive outcome. “It has
allowed people to see the white light of magic and of credible
psychic mediums,” she says.
Tia is about soothsaying and straight shooting. In a sample
session—most, including mine, last a half hour—Tia had me
select cards from a special (but non-tarot) deck and asked to see
a few iPhone shots of my family. She nailed personality traits,
both mine and those of my loved ones; suggested I start taking a
multivitamin (though I hadn’t mentioned a recent physical that
turned up a vitamin D deficiency); and sent me on my way with
greetings from a beloved, deceased grandmother, along with a
hand-written spell for ridding my household of negative energy.
These days, a consultation with Tia requires a year-long wait
(call for prices).
CONCETTA BERTOLDI is so widely known, it takes several
years to get an appointment. Bertoldi is based in Boonton and
has read for members of Britain’s royal family, including long-time client Sarah Ferguson. She is the author of 2007’s best-selling Do Dead People Watch You Shower? And Other Questions
You’ve Been All But Dying to Ask a Medium (William Morrow
Paperbacks), and two other books on life as a medium. She is
currently at work on an autobiography.
Tia Belle (opposite
page) says she has
the dead since she was
a preschooler. She
offers custom spells to
clients to counteract
their troubles. Concetta
Bertoldi (left) says she
brings “peace of mind
to people who are wondering about someone
“When you have a
true ability and
contact with the other
side,” says Concetta
Bertoldi, “you walk
around with light and
joy in your spirit.”