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Reality Based Pawn Show Has Local Connection: Part 2

Tuesday June 28th, 2011, 12:15pm


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When Mark Bradac received a phone call from a Toronto based television production company, he thought someone was playing a joke on him.

Two months after an audition and a leap of faith he was summoned to Toronto to begin filming for the reality based show Pawnathon Canada.

“I figured what the hell, they’re paying for it, maybe it’s a joke maybe it’s not a joke,” said Bradac. “I get there and it’s first class…there’s like five pawn people there. They call us the Pawn Masters.”

The growing trend in reality based television is searching for treasure that translates into cash. The premise of the series is much like the Antique Roadshow except people have the option of selling their goods to the five pawn masters.

Pawnathon features experts from all over the country, including Douglas Stocks a regular on the Canadian Antiques Roadshow. Bradac has been in the pawn business for 44 years.

“I was among some serious company and I could tell this was the real deal,” said Bradac. “The four day event probably cost $1.4 million to stage, there was a crew of 200…real professional.”

Bradac says the filming went on for 12 hours a day for three days and over that time he saw thousands of items come through the doors. On the last day of filming the producers pit pawn master against pawn master to bid on various products.

“I’ve got my fingers crossed and I’m hoping to…I don’t know…win a Canadian version of an Emmy,” Bradac bursts out laughing.

After the initial shows air the powers that be will decide whether or not we have a career says Bradac.

“They told me if the show flies we would have the chance to take it on the road…places like Vancouver and Montreal,” said Bradac. “But that’s all up in the air depending on the ratings.

Bradac says the producers plan on portraying him as “the joker.” He believes he was brought onto the show to act as the regular Joe and to lend some comic relief.

“These other guys are pretty straight and conservative and I’m kinda in between … half guitar player and half pawn broker… don’t take life to seriously,” said Bradac.” It was fun and I got to work with some real professional people. If it flies I’m going to Disneyland!”

We’ll meet the team Mark was allowed assemble for filming and share a couple of Pawnathon anecdotes in part three of our series.

The debut of Pawnathon is scheduled to air on the History channel July 18 and July 25 with back to back one hour episodes.





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