All the photos and processing by me.
For some reason, it seems to be much harder to get positive feedback from the art community when you are into humor. I am not talking about my little self, but in general: for example, comedies are generally not much rewarded at the Oscars ceremony, or humorists are often considered as worthless actors by their peers. It is a bit like if humor was too popular, too accessible, to get recognition from the intellectual sphere. This is a bit sad, since creating a really funny work of art is not easy at all, and certainly requires specific talent (Monty Pythons, Charlie Chaplin, the Marx Brothers, just to name a few classics).
Anyway, I personally always enjoy creating humorous images. It is a very good occasion to try silly things in order to be funny - of course it often fails, but who cares. So I tried to imagine a situation where someone was doing something the wrong way for the fun part, but also where some fantasy was going on. This is how I arrived at that magical side, and this poor magician having troubles with the usual "rabbit-in-the-hat" trick.
From a technical point of view, I did my best to come up with a dynamic composition: the tilted hat looked quite good in the foreground, creating a diagonal with the magician in the background. However, at this stage the 2 main components where too dissociated, so I worked hard to make them appear more "linked", if that makes sense. In order to do that, I used some smoke, but mainly the wand: its direction and the blue light coming out of it was the best "tricks" I found for that purpose.
Regarding my face, I tried a lot of possibilities, but they were all just bad (yes, even more than this one). In order to look really grumpy, I decided to take this self portrait just after waking up: one always look totally off in the morning, at least for a few minutes
So all the lighting was set the evening before, and when I left the bed I directly went to the studio and took a few photos during 5 minutes. My wife laughed when she saw the result, this is how I knew it worked as intended