Auguste Deter’s Marbles
Clay marbles
“I have lost myself, so to say.”


Auguste Deter


Clay Marbles


Memory encapsulation


Symptoms of early onset Alzheimer’s



Collected by

Warehouse 13







Date of Collection

June 23, 1996



Alzheimer’s is an unfortunate disorder, attacking the outer cortex as time passes. Dementia, loss of motor control, slurred speech and intense mood swings all become common as the disease makes it course. Psychiatrist Aloysius Alzheimer began treating Auguste Deter in 1901, assigned to a mental institution due to memory loss, night terrors and delusive states. She remained unable to remember simple facts about her life or the lunch from a moment ago, often rambling on disconnected thoughts. Sessions often saw her awareness switch from annoyance, anger to self-pity.

When she passed, Aloysius continued researching the disease of forgetfulness to discover signs of brain tissue degeneration. Later studies using the original slides concluded a defect in the PSEN1 gene to keep memory functionable, and diagnosed her with one of the earliest recorded cases of early onset Alzheimer’s.


Spinning and rolling gobbles up different memories. Playing with it again allows others to witness them in passing, but only returning them to the original person will reunite the two halves. It appears each marble can hold multiple memories at once, but can only show them individually. What’s left inside the person’s mind is a mixture of hazy moments and inconsistent thoughts. Many mood wings are caused by their brain failing to stitch together a cohesive story with the limited information remaining.


  • Thought to be the source of the idiom “lose your marbles”, although still just a theory to this day.
  • Was stored, maybe intentionally, alongside other Disneyland placed artifacts to siphon off artistic burnout for short exposures. A clear connection has been made by agents to the post-acquisition Pixar film Inside Out in its visual presentation of memory and emotion as small orbs.
Disney Animation Archives
1930s-40s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Elizabeth Bathory's Crown
Pinocchio James Bartley's Britches
Fantasia Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Prism
Dumbo Memorial Fresco of Hanno the Elephant
Bambi Celtic Red Deer Hide
Saludos Amigos Original Recording of 'Pelo Telefono'
The Three Caballeros Stuffed Speckled Chachalaca
Make Mine Music Sergei Prokofiev's Chess Board
Fun and Fancy Free Sinclair Lewis' Desk
Melody Time Slue-Foot Sue's Bustle
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Charles Kingsford Smith's Airplane's Undercarriage Leg and Wheel
1950s-60s Cinderella The Japanese Nightingale
Alice in Wonderland Vincent Van Gogh's Paintbrush
Peter Pan Ernest Hemingway's Stuffed MarlinHerman Melville's HarpoonJ.M. Barrie’s Swiss Trychels
Lady and the Tramp Matteo Bandello's Cross
Sleeping Beauty St. George's Lance and Shield
One Hundred and One Dalmatians Tallulah Bankhead's Bentley
The Sword in the Stone Three Witches' Cauldrons from Macbeth
The Jungle Book Louis the XIV's Scepter
1970s-80s The Artistocats Scott Joplin's Piano
Robin Hood The Lion man of the Hohlenstein Stadel
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh A.A. Milne's Honey Dipper
The Rescuers Aesop’s Rope
The Fox and the Hound Samuel Clemens' Riverboat Whistle
The Black Cauldron George Romero's Camera
The Great Mouse Detective Edward John Dent's Chronometer
Oliver & Company Nikolai Nikolaevich Konstantinov's Cat Collar
The Little Mermaid Echo's Belt
1990s The Rescuers Down Under Rainbow Serpent Scale
Beauty and the Beast Epang Palace Masonry
Aladdin Kamāl ud-Dīn Behzād’s Turban
The Lion King Lion Country Safari Park Sign
Pocahontas Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq’s Compass
The Hunchback of Notre Dame James C. McReynolds’ Judicial Robe
Hercules Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus’ Plow
2010s Frozen Siberian Mammoth Tusk
Inside Out Auguste Deter’s Marbles
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