From 1899 Houdini began to attract considerable fame, first in America and then in Europe. He would free himself from jails, handcuffs, chains, ropes and straitjackets, often while hanging from a rope in plain sight. In 1908, he introduced an escape from a locked, water-filled milk can to his act. He invited the public to devise contraptions to hold him - on one famous occasion he escaped from a set of handcuffs with a Brahma lock, that had apparently been crafted over a period of five years and was meant to be 'unpickable.' In 1912, he introduced the Chinese Water Torture Cell to his act, which saw him suspended upside-down in a locked glass-and-steel cabinet overflowing with water. The act required him to hold his breath for more than three minutes. He also performed non-escape illusions, including the vanishing of a full-grown elephant from stage. Houdini made his last stage appearance in Detroit in October 1926, while suffering from acute appendicitis. He died a week later, from complications of a ruptured appendix. He was 52. More than 2000 people attended his funeral in New York.