In this session we explore yoga’s uncertain position between Science and Magic in India and the West in the 19thand 20th centuries.  We examine the figure of the Indian yogi as a continuing source of wonder and a key foil for both Western and Indian notions of rational, scientific modernity. Yoga’s association with supernatural powers and the yogi’s public performances of austerities, “juggling,” and sense deceptions raised troubling questions in this period. By telling the story of the unexpectedly intertwined figures of the yogi, the Indian juggler, and the Victorian stage magician, this session sheds crucial light on Yoga’s modern shift from the domains of “magic” and “religion” to those of “spirituality” and “science.”