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Pulse Stop

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Pulse Stop or Pulse Control is the illusion of being able to stop your pulse at will.

Bart Whaley states in The Encyclopedic Dictionary of Magic (1989) that it was a pet effect of Indian street magicians.


Pulse Stopping is one of David Berglas' most famous effects.


  • Max Maven has stated on the Genii Forum that the earliest publication of the description of the effect he had on hand is from a British book published prior to 1854 and regarding pulse stopping as part of a more elaborate demonstration of fakirism witnessed in Runjesting, India in 1838.[1]
  • A description in The Magical Record in a 1918 issue.
  • Published by Will Goldston in his book Tricks of the Masters (1942).