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I'm a Wizard with level 20 INT, who has obviously memorized a few songs. Could I use my Improved Minor Illusion (Illusion School) to conjure up an illusory flute, and make sounds that make it seem like I'm actually playing it?

This would be for the purpose of securing free room & board at taverns, etc.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Regardless of what's being said here, if your GM says you can't that means you can't, and vice versa. You shouldn't argue with the GM about "I was told I can do it". But you always can ask your GM for the details. \$\endgroup\$ – enkryptor Dec 3 '16 at 10:42
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Probably not

You can create an image of a flute, but when you try to "play" it, the illusion reveals:

Physical interaction with the object reveals it to be an illusion, because things can pass through it.

But you can "play the invisible flute"

You actually can play a melody using the basic Minor Illusion cantrip:

If you create a sound, its volume can range from a whisper to a scream. It can be your voice, someone else's voice, a lion's roar, a beating of drums, or any other sound you choose.

It should be fine to "play the invisible flute" for the purposes of entertainment. You can also pretend you are playing a real flute (or a flute-like stick) while casting the cantrip.

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Minor Illusion only lasts one minute, so there would be gaps in your song. And anyone who was listening critically would probably get a save.

If you were using your illusion skills to entertain an audience (e.g. to earn money), that would require a Charisma (Performance) check.

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