Joseph LoBrutto III

Joseph LoBrutto III, of Jupiter, claims he can connect the departed to their loved ones. (Mardi Gras/Courtesy / September 10, 2013)

Don't ask him what slot machine to play, and don't ask him whether it's wise to plunk down an extra $50 on a bet at Mardi Gras Casino.

Psychic medium Joseph LoBrutto III, of Jupiter, says his talents lie elsewhere. LoBrutto, who enjoys being compared to John Edward, will appear 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Hallandale Beach casino.

"Mainly, my gifts lie with connecting deceased loved ones, creating a loving bridge to the departed," he says. "It's not just, 'I feel your grandmother's presence.' It's like, 'Your grandmother from Pennsylvania, the one who died from cancer, is here, and she's very proud of you and her four grandchildren. It's very personal stuff, things you can't just Google."

LoBrutto, 50, has been a full-time psychic medium for about five years. His grandmother and uncles and cousins have practiced for generations.


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"We all have psychic abilities," he claims. "But some just have it to extremes."

But when it comes to Lady Luck …

"That's not really my forte. I'll be quite honest with them," says LoBrutto, who says this will be his first time working in a casino. "If I could pick lottery numbers, I'd be a rich man right now."

Tickets cost $15 and available at the coffee cart inside Mardi Gras Casino, 831 N. Federal Highway, in Hallandale Beach. LoBrutto also will sign copies of his book "Is There More to Life Than What We Know?"