I can see from the original post that the idea of "variety" is the overriding theme, so I'll address that idea:
Personally, my favorite close up shows have a lot of variety. The shows that stand out in my mind are by guys such as Johnny Ace Palmer, John George (who incidentally is a good friend of Johnny's), Shoot Ogawa, John Carney and Paul Wilson.
These close up shows all have lots of variety. For example, John George's show is a nice blend of cards, coins, and other items. Parts of his show are very visual (eye-candy) and other parts a bit slower and more cerebral.
His card tricks are well balanced. He doesn't, as Johnny Carson warned against, "go to the well too often," so he employs different sleights for each card trick. In fact, watching his show from a magician's perspective, one can appreciate how many different types of skills are utilized. Just off the top of my head I recall the use of culling, double-lifting, top changing, palming, manipulating, false-shuffling, and a clever use of gimmicks and gaffs. His show isn't all cards, but rather a very nice blend of tricks providing most of the major themes of magic: Vanish, Production, Transposition, Transformation, Mentalism, Restoration, etc...
I love a close up show that has one or two well placed uses of a topit, a holdout, and/or sleeving to add to the mystery and variety of the performance.
Most of the close up shows that I've thoroughly enjoyed were fast-paced and had a good number of tricks choreographed into the show. Furthermore, all of the shows which I've considered high quality took into account transitional periods between tricks and efficient management of the props. I'd estimate that a common number of tricks in my favorite shows is somewhere between eight and twelve major routines with a bunch of other 'bits-o-business' thrown in for good measure.