Magic Loop looks very confusing at first. I thought it looked impossible. Then I tried it. It didn't take me long to get the hang of it and now I use it all the time.
There are other brands of needles you might want to consider. I think that for the price and versatility, the Nova set is hard to beat. Meanwhile, try to loosen up on the stitches, if you can manage it you'll be glad you did. Your hands will you for it! It's also easier to work k2tog or p2tog with looser stitches.