The viewer is faced with not just a joker overseeing the action, but also the Joker's reflection, and three morphing playing cards to on the bottom half of the work, on the left. Added to this is a table/surface which allows the reflection, but at the same time is askew. Where is the center of the piece? The viewer is forced to guess, for the work is not just about a trick but a trick itself. The Joker's reflection being bigger is nonetheless just a reflection, adding to the trickery; and the joker is seemingly in charge, but is obscured by the three cards.
Nor is there any guess as to what the trick is, although the cards are (mostly) lower numbers, in ascending order. Is there a pattern? Impossible to say, and that keeps the mystery here. The rising horizon towards the right balances the cards in the lower left; the horizon also seems to not be an exact straight line.
The cards themselves are the centerpiece at first, each bent bizarrely, the 2 of diamonds sideways entirely, but the 9 and 3 perpendicular. The cards are not straight and they look like they are being seen in a funhouse mirror. Is it a joke? Or is the viewer being so manipulated by the evil joker that he has been fooled out of his very senses? Are the cards playing on their own? (Against whom? You?) Not possible, but this isn't reality.
The background features faint lines giving the (also faint) Joker an aura of being a magician who has appeared on some bizarre stage. The black and white tone instead of color perhaps makes this more abstract and places the distortions and shading more prominent to the viewer.
Overall this looks to me as a good example of a relatively non-complex 'distortion' art. I wouldn't have minded this in full color, or even bizarre unexpected colors (such as not red for the hearts but some other unexpected color). It could, although I realize this is an artistic decision, but it could have also been done with more on the screen, such as more chaos, more cards, more confusion.