Magic Leap is HOT HOT HOT.On this site I have extolled the virtues of this tech over and above many others because I feel that Rony Abovitz and his team are onto something great. It is less about a general purpose use of Augmented Reality. It’s about a Mixed Cinematic Reality.From what I have seen and what I believe to be the next steps in mixed reality, I am making a bold\u00a0prediction will be that Disney will buy Magic Leap by the end of 2017 for upwards of $25 billion. Many say that Google will but I feel that Google has no ability to know how to monetize the technology beyond having and investment stake in it.Here’s some evidence that has lead me to this conclusion.1.\u00a0Rony Abovitz is more dreamer than CEOBack in 2012,\u00a0Rony Abovitz Magic Leap’s CEO spoke\/performed at TEDxSarasota. It’s hardly a talk. It’s a performance. Much like Disney believes the world is a stage so does Rony and his team.It’s a little strong to say that Abovitz is a modern Walt Disney today. Maybe we’ll be saying that in 5 years time? Very likely once the technology evolves a little more. Let’s see an interview from last week to hear a little more about the creation of Magic Leap.2. Magic Leap’s patents lead us to believe that the world can be a DisneylandTake a look at Magic Leap’s 180-page\u00a0patent application\u00a0magnum opus. When this was released there were many people that explored what the different illustrations meant but one of the first few images in the patent aligns itself with how to drop objects realistically in the world.Ultimately, anything that can be dreamed can be dropped into the real world. This is exactly what Disney created with real-world environments like Disneyland.Feels like an augmented reality to me.Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.Walt DisneyNow imagine that on-demand in your living room, backyard, school, or wherever.3. A storyteller is their Lead FuturistIn 2014 Magic Leap hired Neal Stephenson, a world-renowned author and imagineer of the metaverse. In the following video he talks about how long-form novels, no matter how good, cannot be made into movies.It’s likely that a\u00a0Magic Leap x Disney coalition will go beyond movies to long-form storytelling that (potentially) lasts years. A partnership will not be enough. Just like when in 1997 Pixar agreed to produce 5 movies together and then eventually lead to an acquisition in 2006 for 7.5 billion (a steal at today’s prices).The world is more immediate with direct control and this is why Disney must be looking at this tech as an acquisition target today.4. Mixed reality intersecting with\u00a0film design will\u00a0be about creating lasting memoriesOver the past few years the entertainment world has been blurring with immersive gaming and film franchises but the two have never been interchangeable or desirable for mass audiences.Well, Magic Leap needed gaming experience in its ranks and then Rony Abovitz approached\u00a0Graeme Devine (see his wikipedia entry). In this VentureBeat interview Graeme talks about his first experience with the Magic Leap technology:I went down to Florida and took a look. I stuck my head into this machine that was about the size of a refrigerator. Right away I\u2019m thinking of that movie Brainstorm. Once I joined I had to buy everyone in the company that blu-ray, because apparently nobody\u2019d seen it. There was a monster running around the desk in front of me. It was this blue monster, and I could control it with an Xbox controller. It was looking just like it was real, on the desk. I\u2019m thinking, \u201cThat is weird!\u201dThen, in the back of the room, a much larger monster stood up and waved at me. I hadn\u2019t realized it was there to begin with. I didn\u2019t notice that monster. It was so naturally fit into the environment. When I went and focused on it, the monster on the table changed and went fuzzy. \u201cGolly.\u201d Well, I thought more than \u201cGolly.\u201d Mostly \u201cGolly.\u201d But this was insane. I\u2019d never seen anything like it. I went from not moving to Florida to being in Florida and learning about making content for this, what it meant to make content in mixed reality.In the following video we see an interview with \u00a0Graeme Devine and Gordon Bellamy at\u00a0VRX USA conference, November 2015, that talks about how thinking has evolved from playing games to experimentation with full real-world interaction and fantasy through the use of photons to create memories:5. Star Wars and the evolution of transmediaStar Wars has always owned the transmedia storytelling domain. As a child I’d run around the schoolyard as a bounty hunter (way cooler than Han Solo or Luke Skywalker) then head home to play with my Star Wars figures. In later life I have consumed books, fan-fiction, tribute videos and so much more. I even jetted to Boston for the first night of The Phantom Menace.Magic Leap is the new frontier of transmedia storytelling – mixed cinematic reality.Take a look at the ‘ILMxLAB and Magic Leap \u201cLost Droids\u201d Mixed Reality Test’:The future of immersive movie experiences will be here soon. Here’s a killer experience from Magic Leap working with Industrial Light & Magic. Film will not be film alone. Within 5 years it will be multi-sensory experiences and franchise titles that take the lead. Disney is the master of this kind of domain and with the purchase of Star Wars and these kinds of experiences we will see a new reality.\u00a0Here’s\u00a0Vicki Dobbs Beck, the Executive in Charge at ILMxLAB, discussing the vision for storytelling and virtual reality.Also, now with its new San Francisco offices we see Magic Leap as being neighbours to ILM.Do you agree with me, or not? Let me know what you’re thinking in the comments below.