Many reality shows, such as Pawn Stars, have recently come under a little bit of heat for maybe ‘staging’ a couple of episodes. Although they have vehemently denied such allegations, some of the ‘experts’ they have brought into the store do not have such reputable backgrounds. From previously being actors, to being sued, to having been on multiple television shows, the cast of ‘experts’ on Pawn Stars is quite extensive.
Although some of their experts are indeed well-versed in their respective fields, others are just elaborate actors.
Here is a look into the experts of Pawn Stars.
Let’s start off this list with a legitimate expert. Mark Hall-Patton. Hall-Patton was recognized by the Los Angeles Times as “the real deal.” Nicknamed “The Beard of Knowledge,” he has appeared in over 100 episodes of Pawn Stars, and is quite popular to followers of the show. His popularity is so far-reaching that he even has fanboys in the Washington State penitentiary.
He worked as a museum administrator for the Clark County Museum system and is one of the few certified experts on Pawn Stars.
Although nicknamed “The Beard Of Knowledge,” he will never shy away from topics that he doesn’t know about. He will readily admit if he’s unsure on a subject he will perform research via his personal library consisting of over 20,000 books!
As if he wasn’t cool enough, he also likes to pretend to be a zombie on his free time. (Maybe he’ll get a cameo on the Walking Dead?)
Steve Grad is one of those ‘experts’ debunked by people who watch the show. Whether the directors of Pawn Stars knew about his background or were completely unaware of his ‘knowledge’ is up for debate. Claiming to be a professional sports memorabilia ‘expert,’ he was on the show between 2013 and 2014 and was later caught up in multiple fraud controversies.
Grad’s company was caught in a lawsuit in 2011 when they tried to forge the signature of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh. Lindbergh’s daughter, along with a lawyer and an actual expert, came forward to debunk his original ‘signature.’
Grad was also caught approving items that were forged as legitimate. He cost collectors and business owners alike hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Steve Grad claimed to be an expert. He claimed to have attended and graduated from the prestigious Columbia School of Journalism. After a deposition issued by the court, he was found to have attended the Columbia College in Chicago where he didn’t even graduate. He also had no formal training or accreditation for his ‘expert’ status and claimed that he was trained under Bill Mastro, who was imprisoned for fraud charges.
Magic Murray or Murray John Sawchuck is an expert on all things magical on the show. He appears infrequently whenever the store needs an expert opinion on magical artifacts, magician’s tools or just anything Harry Potter-esque.
Sawchuck is a comedian, stage illusionist, magician, actor and host. His shows usually end in magical ‘mishaps’ but first start off with some illusions and magic tricks.
The self-proclaimed Dennis the Menace of magic has appeared on reality TV shows like America’s Got Talent, Celebrity Blind Date, Reno 911!, and Last Comic Standing.
Although he didn’t find love on Celebrity Blind Date, he later got married with fellow magician Chloe Crawford who appeared on Britain’s Got Talent. Unfortunately, a year later Crawford left him for rival magician, Criss Angel.
Bob Yuhas is an antique restorer who specializes in the restoration, reparation and conservation of antiques. He first appeared on the show in Season 8 and his motto is that he can “make new things look old and old things look new.”
Although his expertise status may actually be legitimate because he does antique restoration, it’s his side jobs that have come into question.
He first appeared on the Food Network, Mystery Diners, as the friend of a bartender who worked at that particular restaurant. Mystery Diners has since been busted for its false ‘reality show’ label.
He has also worked as an actor in American Restoration. His biography on IMDb.com states that he is an actor.