This flute player plays mesmerising music, he has no control over his instrument, he is not even aware of it, he is just playing for the sake of playing.
There are three streams coming out of his flute:
The symbolism in the painting indicates that the world is a confusing place for humans who complicate their lives by playing too many games with each other.
The flute player is dressed as a magician who can produce all sorts of unexpected surprises. Just like life has its unexpected twists and turns, nothing is predictable!