A Hindu term for magic or wonder-working, usually applied
to traveling conjurers, or jadoo-wallahs. The term was popularized
in the United States by writer-magician John A. Keel in his
book Jadoo (1958). Keel traveled through India, where his skill
as an amateur magician earned him the confidence of Indian
conjurers, who disclosed their own tricks, including a version
of the famous Indian rope trick. Most of the present-day jadoo
is skillful conjuring, but this does not preclude the possibility
of genuine paranormal versions of the same wonders.
Keel, John A. Jadoo. London, 1958.

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