Allen Tipton wrote:The onky 2 places I have come across pulse stopping, except for the old ball or balled handkerchief in Boy's books of conjusring is: a. The Mind & Mentalism Of David Berglas b. 7 Secrets by Luke Jermay.
There are dozens of other references, both explanatory and descriptive. The earliest I have at hand of the latter is from a British book published prior to 1854, regarding pulse stopping as part of a more elaborate demonstration of fakirism witnessed in Runjesting, India in 1838.