Chumlee with Vegas Pawn Stars | Vip Vegas Pawn Stars Tour

1. "Pawn Stars" is the no. 2 most-watched reality show in North America. ("Jersey Shore" holds the top spot.)

2. The guys can't actually work the counter anymore because of privacy laws. Since they've become celebrities, people are constantly taking pictures of them, compromising the privacy of whoever's at the pawn counter. "Now I'll meet a guy in the hallway," said Corey.

3. PBS did a documentary on Rick and the shop in 2001. "I've always been a media whore," Rick said, laughing. When business spiked after the special aired, Rick started to shop the idea of a TV show around. HBO expressed interest early on and even developed a pilot, but their focus was on the more depressing side of the pawn business, which wasn't the angle Rick wanted to pursue.

4. Corey and Chumlee have personal assistants now. "I do a lot of desert racing. My assistant empties out the septic tank of the trailer when I go! It's a little weird asking somebody to do that for you," said Corey with a laugh.

5. Chumlee's done a lot of dumb things on camera, but his dumbest move of all time (according to Corey) happened before the show's inception. After someone came in to pawn a stand-up bass, Chumlee leaned it against a shelf and walked away. The bass fell and shattered into pieces. Chumlee put the pieces into a box, and put the pawn number on the box. When the man came to pick it up, he opened the box and saw his bass in pieces. "He started freaking out," Corey recalled. "He pawned it for $700, and it wound up costing us $20,000 because it turned out to be rare." Chumlee, for his part, can't explain his actions. "I don't know what I was thinking," he said.

Rick Harrison is the genius of Vegas Pawn Stars. He worked hard to get the concept of the show to tv and it has produced results no one could imagine! Each day about 4,000 people visit the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop on the Las Vegas Strip. No, it's not a sign of the recession.

The series depicts the staff's interactions with customers, who bring in a variety of artifacts to sell or pawn and who are shown haggling over the price and discussing its historical background, with narration provided by either the Harrisons or Chumlee. The series also follows the interpersonal conflicts among the cast.
Vegas Pawn Stars Tour Description:

Visit featured locations of the History Channel’s mega-hit reality show “Pawn Stars” on a 4-hour behind-the-scenes tour of Las Vegas.Following a pick-up from Tropicana, Treasure Island, or Circus Circus on the Las Vegas Strip, visit the World Famous Gold and Silver Pawn Shop to see where the boys from “Pawn Stars” buy and sell unique and strange items.

Maybe you will meet Rick Harrison, “The Old Man,” “Big Hoss,” or even Austin “Chumlee” Russell.Go to Rick’s Restoration, site of American Restoration, where Rick Dale and his staff create shiny new treasures out of old items.

See automobile restoration and customization activities at Count’s Kustoms, the company owned by Danny Koker, a recurring expert on “Pawn Stars,” and now with his own reality TV show “Counting Cars.”At the Toy Shack toy store on Fremont Street, you will discover collectible toys that date as far back as the 1920s.

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