The magic circle can be really difficult for some at first. It just seems there are too many things to hold onto and not enough fingers! This video is excellent and I particularly like the way she starts out. She takes the yarn off her fingers after the first stitch is done, but I actually found it helpful to leave the ring on the middle two fingers. I also like this post from Busy Mom Designs about the magic circle and how a pattern reads when it calls for one.