Conjuring in this sense has nothing in common with entertainers who practice the art of illusion as a means of employment, putting on shows that delight their audiences.
Necromancy, or the act of conjuring the dead for divination, dates back to ancient times.
Contrary to what such a term implies, hoodoo practitioners use neither invocatory magic or sleight of hand illusions; the only connection of hoodoo to conjuring is the use of the word.
The conjuring of spirits is often associated with a certain amount of ritual, no matter what the culture.
Conjuring can also refer to the invocation of a spirit or devil, a practice that is widespread in traditional cultures worldwide.
The conjuring of spirits has also been a part of many Wiccan practices and rituals.