A great photo of a young Houdini with his mother and his wife, Bess. This was in 1907, so Houdini would have been about 33 and at the peak of his career. Houdini was close to his family and loved his wife fiercely. You can see on the photo that Houdini called the women "my two sweethearts."
Houdini and Bess really did meet in Coney Island, and Bess was originally courted by Houdini's brother, Dash. They married quickly and Bess became is permanent assistant in his shows. Although they both loved children and wanted them, it wasn't in the cards.