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.